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2000: Vince Carter

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"[Vince Carter] is the rare player whose presence fills unoccupied spots on the floor, in much the same way as his body seems to turn elastic in midair," wrote Tim Keown in The Mag's cover story. "He is simultaneously graceful and emphatic, and his exponentially improved perimeter game has made hope and prayer the most plausible defensive strategy."