At 40 years old, Vince Carter is still producing at a consistent level. Once known as one of the best dunkers in the game, Carter has now learned to adapt and still be serviceable to a team. He’s seen himself on a couple of different teams these past years, and it doesn’t look like he’s slowing down at all. He was brought to Atlanta to be a mentor on a young team, but has recently done more than that.
More minutes, no problem
Usually veterans on a young team don’t receive that many minutes but Carter is different. He’s been playing a lot since the start of the season, and has actually started in a few games as well. You would think that he would maybe burn out quick, but the opposite is happening with Vince. Since after the all-star break, he’s played many minutes due to injuries on the team. In the quadruple overtime game against the Bulls, he logged 45 minutes, which was the second highest on the team. He did say he couldn’t feel his legs during a part of the game, but it’s amazing to see a vet pushing through a game like that.
The crowd holds their breath when they see Vince Carter look like he’s about to take off for a dunk nowadays. He doesn’t have the same bounce, but he can still get up at times. It’s not his dunks that are helping the Hawks though, it’s his three-point shooting. Vince has been solid along the 3-point line this season, and is shooting a career high 40 percent behind the arc. In the game against the Miami Heat, he had a team high 21 points and made seven 3-pointers. He also moved into 20th place in scoring during that game. With a team that prides themselves in taking as many threes as possible, Vince Carter has shown this season that he is not afraid to take the shot.
A true leader
Through all his production on the court, Vince has definitely been a great person for the Hawks to have in the locker room. With his locker right next to Trae Young, you could probably guess that he’s taught him a lot during the season. He’s also helped John Collins this season, with how to take advantage of players defending him and maybe even teaching him some dunks. Carter has shown on the floor that he’s not scared to take up for the young guys too when he catches a technical foul every once in a while. When your leadership shows on and off the court, players want to be around you, and that’s what happening with Vince.
One more year?
Carter hasn’t said anything about retiring, and recently said he wants to play one more season. He honestly hasn’t shown a sign of really slowing down for his age and could help some teams in the NBA. If he does decide to play another season he’ll be coming back for a 22nd, time which is a true testament to his game. Wherever he ends up next season, we wish him the best.
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