Do NBA Players Have Long Careers?

On January 4, 2020, when Vince Carter suited up for the Atlanta Hawks for a regular-season NBA game against the Indiana Pacers, one of the league’s most prolific and acrobatic dunkers made professional basketball history.

Vince Carter's NBA career spanned four different decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s).
Vince Carter's NBA career spanned four different decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s).

The 43-year-old became the first NBA player to play in four different decades. The former Rookie of the Year first took to the court with the Toronto Raptors in 1998, and concluded his career 22 seasons later with 25,728 points to his name. Sadly, Carter’s swan song in the league only lasted a short time, as the Covid-19 pandemic forced the NBA to suspend play in March.

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  • Carter played in eight All-Star games, and won the annual dunk contest in 2000. In addition to Atlanta and Toronto, the shooting guard played for New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis and Sacramento.

  • His penchant for spectacular slam-dunks earned him a variety of NBA nicknames, including “Air Canada,” “Half-Man/Half-Amazing” and “Vinsanity.”

  • Carter is one of six players in NBA history to average at least 20 points, four rebounds and three assists a game in 10 consecutive seasons. He’s also one of only six to notch over 24,000 points, 6,000 rebounds, 2,500 assists, 1,000 steals and 1,000 three-pointers.

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