UNC Basketball Alumni: Vince Carter to retire after next season

UNC basketball alumni Vince Carter says he’ll play one final season before calling it quits

Former University of North Carolina basketball standout and 21-year NBA veteran Vince Carter plans to play one final season of professional basketball before retiring.

Carter made the announcement on ESPN’s ‘The Jump’, telling show host and former Golden State Warrior and 2003 NBA champion Stephen Jackson, “I’ve got one more in me”.

Before Carter walks away from the game, he’ll own the league record for most seasons played in a career. His 22nd season will move him past Dirk Nowitzki — who retired in 2019 after 21 years in the NBA — 15-time All-Star and future first-ballot Hall-of-Famer Kevin Garnett, as well as Kevin Willis and Robert Parish.

We don’t know yet where Carter will spend his final season, but some team will inevitably be willing to pick up a high-character 3-point threat like Carter, who improves benches and locker rooms no matter where he goes.

Carter is an 8-time NBA All-Star that’s played for the Raptors, Nets, Magic, Suns, Mavericks, Grizzlies, Kings and Hawks. He’s averaged 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists since entering the league in 1998.

He was named 1999 Rookie of the Year, and was a member of the league’s All-Rookie first team. He won the 2000 Slam Dunk Competition — widely considered the greatest in the history of the sport — staking his claim as the greatest dunker on the planet. Twice in his career he’s been named an All-NBA performer; the third team in 2000, and the second team in 2001.

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