Vince Carter played his college ball at North Carolina, where he was a First Team All-ACC Selection in 1998. He was drafted fifth overall in 1998 by the Golden State Warriors, who swapped him in a draft-day trade to the Toronto Raptors.
Carter brought Toronto to their first playoff and was one of the most popular figures in Canada, helping to raise the game's profile and inspiring a wave of young Canadians to play the game. Carter brought star power to the young franchise as his electric dunks made regular appearances on highlight reels and put the Raptors on the map. Named the 1999 Rookie of the Year, Carter put on one of the greatest dunking clinics at the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest, which he easily won.
Sadly, Carter and the Raptors had an acrimonious split as Carter grew frustrated with Toronto management and demanded a trade, which he got when he was dealt to the New Jersey Nets in 2004.
As Carter's skills eroded, he reinvented himself, becoming the consummate teammate and role player. He even won the Teammate of the Year Award in 2016.
He might be best known for his dunks (ask the seven-foot French guy whose head scraped Carter's balls when he was jumped over for two points), but the statistics are there for Springfield. An eight-time All-Star, he is 19thall-time in Points Scored with 25,728. All players who have more Points than Carter and are Hall of Fame eligible have been enshrined.
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