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2. Vince Carter

Vince Carter brought the Toronto Raptors the International attention of the basketball world.  “Vinsanity” went global, and he was a must watch player that made people fans of Toronto.

5. Vince Carter

Vince Carter forced his way out of Toronto where he put the Raptors on the map and the landing point of “Air Canada” would be New Jersey. 

Our Top 50 All-Time Toronto Raptors are now up

Our slow and methodical process of putting together the top 50 players from every franchise continues and it is just in time for the upcoming NBA season. Today we present one of the newest franchises, the Toronto Raptors.

The Raptors have never won an NBA Championship, nor have they been to the Finals but as of this writing have had their best string of regular and post season success in the last few years. With a team this young this is not exactly an All Star team but that is to be expected and it will be fun to watch this list fluctuate in the coming years.

The entire list can be found here, but as per tradition we are offering the top five here.

  1. Chris Bosh
  1. Vince Carter
  1. DeMar DeRozan
  1. Kyle Lowry
  1. Jose Calderon
Up next is the recent loser in the American League Wild Card Game, the Minnesota Twins.

As always, we here at Notinhalloffame.com we encourage you to take a look at this new list and offer your opinions!

Our Top 50 All-Time Brooklyn Nets are now up

Yes, we know that this is taking a while!

As many of you know, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team.  We have a new one to unveil today, that of the Brooklyn Nets. 

The Nets were formed in 1967, as the New Jersey Americans an inaugural ABA franchise.  They would relocate after one year to New York City, and became the Nets, and with the arrival Julius Erving in 1974, they would win the ABA Title in 1974 and 1976.  The Nets were one of the four teams to join the NBA, but they did so without Erving.  They would return to New Jersey in 1977, where they would stay until 2012.  The Nets have yet to win the NBA Championship, but did win the Eastern Conference in 2002 and 2003.  They moved to Brooklyn in 2012, where they have remained since.

As for all of our top 50 players in basketball, we look at the following: 

  1. Advanced Statistics.
  1. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the NBA.
  1. Playoff accomplishments.
  1. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.

Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed increased importance on the first two categories.

This list is updated up until the end of the 2018-19 Season.

The complete list can be found herebut as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are:

  1. Jason Kidd
  1. Julius Erving
  1. Buck Williams
  1. Brook Lopez
  1. Vince Carter

We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.  

As always we thank you for your support.

The career of Vince Carter is officially over

The career of Vince Carter is officially over.

We already knew this, as the COVID-19 virus wiped out the season, and as talks to resume play in the NBA began, it was early established that eliminated teams like Carter’s Atlanta Hawks would not be part of the resumption.  The 43-year old had already stated that this would be his last year.  

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 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.  Carter brought the 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.

Sadly, for Carter and the Raptors, they 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.

An eight-time All-Star, Carter will be eligible for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2024.  He is 19thall-time is Points Scored with 25,728.  All players who have more Points than Carter and are Hall of Fame eligible have been enshrined.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank Vince Carter for the memories, and we wish him the best in his post-playing career.

#10. Vince Carter: Atlanta Hawks

While the term "iconic figure" is brandished about in Basketball often, this is no stretch to say that Vince Carter is just that.  This stemmed from his dunks and athletic charisma, and there was a time when he was considered the most exciting player in Basketball.  In his prime, he wasn't called a leader, but here he is still playing past the age of 40, and he fully embraced the elder statesman and mentor role.  Who would have thought!
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