UNC Basketball: Vince Carter reaches NBA milestone

Former UNC Basketball standout Vince Carter reached another NBA milestone in his 22nd season as the Atlanta Hawks took on the Miami Heat

Vince Carter is the ageless wonder.

The former North Carolina standout was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft and was part of a draft-day trade that included his teammate Antawn Jamison. Carter ended up in Toronto to start his rookie year and has been around the NBA since.

Earlier this year, Carter announced that he would be back for a 22nd season in 2019-20 becoming the only player to do so in NBA history. Along the way, Carter has racked up the awards and milestones for a prolific career.

On Tuesday night, Carter reached another big milestone in his career when he played in his 1,500th NBA game.

Carter decided to return to Atlanta on a one-year deal and so far he’s appeared in 18 games while averaging 5.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and an assist per game. He’s a veteran that can bring a lot to a team that is rebuilding and has a lot of good, young, talented players on the roster.

Just two nights ago, he had the best game of his 22nd season. Carter scored 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting including 3 of 6 from the three-point line playing in the state of North Carolina vs. the Charlotte Hornets.

Carter scored 12 points on 4 of 10 shooting, all from the three-point line, in Tuesday’s loss to the Miami Heat.

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