Carter announced Thursday in the latest episode of his "Winging It with Vince Carter" podcast that he has retired from the NBA.
The oldest player in the league at 43 years old, Carter spent 22 seasons in the NBA and emerged as one of the game's iconic stars right away in 1998-99, when he took home Rookie of the Year honors. The following season, Carter began a streak of eight consecutive All-Star nods and went on to win the Slam Dunk Contest in one of the most memorable performances in the event's history. After a decade of stardom in Toronto and New Jersey, Carter transitioned into more of a supporting role in the back half of his career, doing most of his damage as a three-point specialist while providing a positive veteran presence for the Magic, Suns, Mavericks, Grizzlies, Kings and Hawks. He finishes his career with 1,541 regular-season appearances and averages of 16.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.5 three-pointers and 1.0 steals in 30.1 minutes per game.
Carter notched three points during Wednesday's 127-105 loss at the Cavaliers.
Carter has posted single-scoring efforts in three straight games and while he has logged double-digit minutes in 10 of his last 12 outings off the bench, that hasn't translated to decent scoring figures. The veteran is averaging just 6.3 points per game on 39.7 shooting from the field during that stretch, and he shouldn't have a lot of upside even in the deepest formats.
Carter delivered 14 points (4-8 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 24 minutes off the bench during Thursday's 127-117 win over the Sixers.
Carter hasn't played much of a role for the Hawks this season and has been struggling to get playing time -- he rarely sees over 20 minutes of action and even when he does, he's not a lock for guaranteed scoring figures. As a result, Carter should remain on waivers until further notice, even if he has decent scoring performances from time to time.
Carter scored three points (1-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt) to go with three rebounds and one assist in 18 minutes Saturday in the Hawks' 116-111 win over the Pacers.
After sitting out the front end of the Hawks' back-to-back set Friday in Boston, Carter came off the bench for his first appearance of 2020. In so doing, the 42-year-old became the first player in NBA history to play in four different decades, per Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Expect Carter to achieve a few more longevity-related records over the next few months in what may be the final season of his career.
Carter put up 15 points (5-9 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 1-3 FT), two blocks and one assist in 24 minutes off the bench Tuesday in the Hawks' 143-120 loss to the Knicks.
In what was likely his final game at Madison Square Garden, Carter drew a rousing ovation from the crowd and was able to feed off the energy. The 42-year-old still has the ability to light it up from the outside every now and then when he's given open looks, but Tuesday's performance still represents a clear outlier. Even after the 4-for-7 showing, he's still converting at only a 30.8 percent clip from distance this season.
Carter had 17 points (7-11 FG, 3-6 3PT), two assists, one rebound and one block in 20 minutes off the bench during Sunday's 122-107 win at Charlotte.
Carter reached the 20-minute plateau for the second time this season, and scored in double figures just for the third time. The veteran small forward might not have much left in the tank, but he can still produce when given enough minutes. Unfortunately, that won't be enough to make him fantasy relevant unless he can see a drastic uptick on his playing time moving forward.
Carter scored two points (1-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and blocked a shot in a 130-118 defeat to Brooklyn on Wednesday night.
Carter's sole basket came from a slick turnaround fadeaway in the first quarter. Though Carter is averaging 14.9 minutes played, impressive for a 42-year-old, he doesn't offer much value with his 4.9 points per game and 34.1 percent shooting from the field.
Carter (personal) played 24 minutes off the bench Wednesday in the Hawks' 135-127 loss to the Bucks, finishing with 13 points (5-13 FG, 3-9 3Pt), two assists and one rebound.
In his return from a five-game absence due to a personal matter, Carter surprisingly held a high-volume role off the bench, as his 13 shot attempts were five more than his top total in any other game this season. He shouldn't be counted on to deliver double-digit points on a regular basis, but the veteran looks like he'll hold down a spot in the rotation for now as the backup power forward behind Jabari Parker.
Carter (personal) is not on the injury report for Wednesday's game against the Bucks, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
A personal matter has kept Carter out over the past five games, but he should make his return Wednesday. He's averaging 5.1 points and 2.1 rebounds in 14.4 minutes.
Carter (personal) participated in Tuesday's practice, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
Carter hasn't taken the court since Nov. 8 due to a personal matter, but it's a positive sign that he was back in the gym with his team Tuesday. His availability for Wednesday's game against Milwaukee remains a mystery, but he's expected to be back in action soon, per Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site. "We'll slowly bring him back," stated coach Lloyd Pierce. "Conditioning will be a little bit of a factor."
Carter (personal) will not play Sunday against the Lakers, Brad Rowland of Locked on Hawks reports.
The veteran will miss a fifth straight game while he deals with a personal matter. It's unclear when the team expects to have Carter back, but he should be considered day-to-day for the time being.
Carter (personal) is listed as out for Saturday's game against the Clippers, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
Carter is set to miss his fourth straight contest due to a personal matter. It remains to be seen when he could return to action.
Carter (personal) was ruled out for Thursday's game at Phoenix, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Carter will miss his third straight contest due to personal reasons. There's no official timeline for his return, though his next chance to play will be Saturday against the Clippers.
Carter (personal) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
Carter remains out due to personal reasons. The team has yet to unveil a timetable for his return.
Carter is out for Sunday's game against the Trail Blazers due to personal reasons, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
It's unclear if this will mark a one-game or multi-game absence for the veteran. In his absence, DeAndre' Bembry, Cam Reddish and Jabari Parker could see increased usage.
Carter will serve as the Hawks' backup power forward Tuesday against the Spurs, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
With John Collins suspended, the Hawks will be forced to shuffle the rotation for the next two months. For now, Jabari Parker will move into the starting lineup, with Carter set to see backup minutes at the four. Coach Lloyd Pierce also noted that De'Andre Hunter and, potentially, Bruno Fernando will also be options at power forward.
Carter tallied seven points (3-8 FG, 1-6 3PT) and one rebound in Tuesday's 112-97 loss to the Heat.
Carter has not played well to open up his 22nd season. The 42-year-old has not shot efficiently, only making 33.3 percent of his field goals and a dreadful 7.7 percent from three. It's likely young players such as Kevin Huerter and Tyrone Wallace will continue to scrounge minutes away from the veteran, however the injury to Trae Young (ankle) could end up keeping Carter around as a role player in the Hawks' rotation, if only for a few games.
Carter finished with 17 points (6-11 FG, 5-10 3Pt) and four rebounds in 23 minutes during Wednesday's 100-96 win over the Knicks.
Carter can still stretch the floor offensively with his shot, though he did commit four turnovers and four fouls. He can still put together a decent stat line from time to time, but Carter is best reserved for use in the deepest formats heading into his final year.
Carter agreed Monday with the Hawks on a one-year contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
The 42-year-old Carter previously announced the 2019-20 season will be his last, so he'll be tasked with serving as mostly a mentor for a young Atlanta squad as he returns to the Hawks for a second consecutive campaign. The upcoming season will be Carter's NBA-record 22nd, surpassing the likes of Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett, Robert Parish and Kevin Willis. The eight-time All-Star will likely retain a small role in the Atlanta rotation after averaging 7.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.6 triples and 1.1 assists in 17.5 minutes per game over his 76 appearances in 2018-19.
Carter plans to retire following the 2019-20 season, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
A free agent this summer, Carter, who appeared on ESPN's The Jump on Wednesday, noted that he'll give the Hawks the first chance of bringing him back for his age 42 season. Last season with Atlanta, he saw 17.5 minutes per night, averaging 7.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists. He'll likely play a similar role with whatever team he lands on next season. Carter has made two All-NBA teams, has played the fifth-most games in NBA history and is 20th in scoring all-time.
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