NBA's 65 in 65: Vince Carter
Known as "Air Canada and Half-Man/Half Amazing" Carter was drafted out of the University of North Carolina by the Golden State Warriors with the fifth overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft but was soon traded to the Toronto Raptors. He finished his rookie season averaging 18.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game earning the 1998-99 NBA Rookie of the Year trophy.
In his second year in the league, Vince was selected to his first NBA All-Star team and showcased his dunking abilities as he won the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Over his 11 seasons in the league, Carter is averaging 23.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. He led the Raptors in scoring all six seasons in Toronto before being traded to the Nets where he lead them scoring
three out of his five seasons.
Carter holds numerous NBA playoff, Raptors franchise, and Nets franchise records including most three-point field goals made in one half of a playoff game with eight, most points scored in a game by a Raptor with 51 and most points scored in a season by a Net with 2,070.
Send your questions now and join Carter in chat on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. ET!
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Buzzmaster (9:17 AM)
Join Vince Carter at 12:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday!
Vince Carter (12:16 PM)
Thanks for joining me in this chat. I haven't done it in a while so I'm excited to be back. Let's get started.
Quynten (Cathedral City CA)
Hey Vince, do you think right now you can still jump like you could in 2000?
Vince Carter (12:17 PM)
(Laughing) No ...those were the good 'ol days. That was nine years ago and things have changed.
Chad (Salem, OR)
Which dunk of yours is your favorite of all time?
Vince Carter (12:19 PM)
I don't have a favorite dunk. I more so do them for people to enjoy. I have some that I appreciate because of who it was on or against. Like I appreciate the one against Alonzo Mouring because he's one of the best shot blockers that this game has ever seen.
Vince whats your greatest memory in the NBA?
Vince Carter (12:20 PM)
Oh man! I have two of them. Being drafted and being Rookie of the Year.
Kenneth (Mobile, AL)
Who are your five favorite players of all-time?
Vince Carter (12:21 PM)
That's a great question! Dr. J, Scottie Pippin, Jordan, Magic, and young Shaq. And that's subject to change.
Ryan (Studio City, CA
Who's the most difficult defensive man you've ever competed against in the NBA?
Vince Carter (12:23 PM)
There's a few but I will say Speweell because he never got tired and he anticipated very well.
Hey Vince, whats the loudest arena to play at on the road?
Vince Carter (12:23 PM)
I would say Sacramento.
What up Vince! What do you think about the Nets moving to Brooklyn? p.s we miss you here in T-dot!
Vince Carter (12:25 PM)
(Laughing) I don't have an opinion about it. We don't know when it's going to happen but when it does I think it will be exciting. New arena and new situation.
Carlo Mendoza (Philippines)
Hey VC! You're my favorite NBA Player ever! What's your take on the dunk contest lately? Any chance we'll see you take on LeBron next year? Peace!
Vince Carter (12:27 PM)
(Laughing) No, no chance that I will be out there next year! I like the old structure of the dunk contest even before I was apart of it. I like the one dunk and done. I don't like how they get all these opportunities to dunk now a days.
Hey Vince, in what aspect do the Nets need to improve and be able to compete in postseason next year? Thanks man!
Vince Carter (12:29 PM)
I just think we need experience. We had a lot of young guys playing this season. I also think we need a third point guard for security.
Shayne - NY [via mobile]
Vince... You've had a tremendous career, but if you could name only one memory to be remembered by... What would it be?
Vince Carter (12:30 PM)
I would defiantly like to be remembered for winning a championship as well as being a team player.
Kevin Huang, Mississauga, Ontario
Hi Vince, besides you who do you think is the best dunker in todays NBA?
Vince Carter (12:32 PM)
You have to include the past dunk champions so I would have to say Dwight Howard, Nate Robinson, and James White. James hasn't been in the dunk contest but if he was, he would win.
Vince the 2000 Olympic's dunk IS THE BEST EVER. For me and for a lot of people this dunk is bigger than ALL OF THE RINGS in the world. I just want you to know that even if you don't feel the same way.
Vince Carter (12:33 PM)
Thank you! I don't know if it's bigger than a championship right but everywhere I go, people continue to still bring that up. It is defiantly still a memory in my book.
derek, orlando FL
Saw ya at a Magic-Cavs game recently. How do you think the Magic-Lakers series will go? Do you have any X factors?
Vince Carter (12:34 PM)
I think it will go six games either way. I think the x-factor for Orlando is Rashard Lewis. The x-factor for the Lakers would be Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.
Vince Carter (12:36 PM)
It's a pleasure to chat with people from around the world. It was great chatting with you and hopefully we can do it again soon.