Vince Carter returns to Hawks for 22nd season

The Atlanta Hawks have re-signed guard/forward Vince Carter, the team announced today. This will be Carter’s 22nd season in the NBA.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, it’s a one-year deal.

The 42-year-old Carter appeared in 76 games (nine starts) last season for the Hawks, averaging 7.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 17.5 minutes (.419 FG%, .389 3FG%, .712 FT%). Through 21 seasons in the NBA with the Hawks, Toronto, New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis and Sacramento, the 6’6” Carter has compiled averages of 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 steals in 30.7 minutes (.437 FG%, .374 3FG%, .798 FT%). He’s also seen action in 88 postseason games (66 starts), averaging 18.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 34.5 minutes (.416 FG%, .338 3FG%, .796 FT%).

When Carter appears in his first regular season game in 2019-20, he will become the first player in NBA history to play in 22 seasons, and when he plays a game in 2020, will be the first player in league history to play in a game in four decades.

Following are Carter’s statistical rankings amongst active players, and in NBA history:

Statistical Category

Total

Active Rank

Trailing:

All-Time Rank

Trailing:

Games Played

1,481

1st

5th

John Stockton (1,504)

Field Goals Made

9,186

2nd

LeBron James (11,838)

20th

Moses Malone (9,435)

Minutes Played

45,491

2nd

LeBron James (46,235)

18th

Robert Parish (45,704)

Three-Point Field Goals Made

2,229

3rd

Kyle Korver (2,351)

6th

Jason Terry (2,282)

Points

25,430

3rd

Carmelo Anthony (25,551)

20th

Carmelo Anthony (25,551)

Steals

1,507

5th

Trevor Ariza (1,515)

46th

Julius Erving (1,508)

Free Throws Made

4,829

6th

Dwight Howard (5,034)

39th

Kevin Garnett (4,887)

Carter was the 1999 NBA Rookie of the Year, has been named All-NBA twice (second team in 2001 and third team in 2000), is an eight-time All-Star and finished in the Top 10 in scoring six times. He won the NBA’s Slam Dunk contest in 2000, and took home an Olympic gold medal that same year as part of the U.S. Men’s Basketball team in Sydney, Australia. He won the NBA’s Twyman-Stokes Award in 2015-16, recognizing the league’s ideal teammate who exemplifies selfless play and commitment and dedication to the team.

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