UNC Basketball in the NBA: Vince Carter officially retires

Vince Carter made it official on Thursday morning, announcing his retirement from the NBA and ending an era for fans

The 90’s era of NBA Basketball is officially over.

Former North Carolina standout Vince Carter officially announced his retirement from the NBA after a 22-year career. Carter’s retirement means there are no more players drafted in the 90’s to be active in the NBA, officially ending an awesome era of basketball.

With the league announcing their official plans for a restart in July, the Atlanta Hawks were not one of the teams selected to participate. That means Carter won’t be in Orlando for the restart and played his last game with COVID-19 creating a pause back in March.

Carter appeared on the “Wingin’ It” podcast to officially make the announcement:

After starring at North Carolina, Carter was drafted by the Golden State Warriors fifth overall in the 1998 NBA Draft but was a draft-day trade to Toronto. Carter played in Toronto from 1998-2004 before being traded to the New Jersey Nets. From there, Carter played with the franchise from 2004-2009.

He made stops in Orlando (2009-2010), Phoenix (2010-11), Dallas (2011-14), Memphis (2014-17), Sacramento (2017-18) and Atlanta (2018-20). He opted to re-sign with the Hawks this past offseason and has served as a mentor for the franchise who is building on a young core.

Carter finishes his career 19th all-time in NBA history in scoring and was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in 1999.

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