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The End of an Era: Vince Carter


Basketball in the NBA is a game of heroes and legends, inspiring their loyal fans. As the dust settles on a generation of superstars, it’s time to reminisce about their exploits and legacies.

Spotlight on: Vince Carter

The legacy: Dubbed ‘Half-Man, Half-Amazing’ by disbelieving announcers, Vince Carter’s legacy in NBA and in basketball will undoubtedly be as one of the greatest dunkers of all time. Many would argue that he deserves a place on the pedestal all by himself. 

Evolution of his game: Far removed from his days of high-flying and relentless scoring for the Toronto Raptors where he almost willed them into the NBA Finals, and of throwing and catching alley-oops in New Jersey with Jason Kidd, Richard Jefferson and Kenyon Martin, Carter has quietly turned into the wise old man of the League, still plying his trade at 41 years of age. As he evolved into a deadly outside shooter and a solid locker room presence, fans could still count on him to pull out a poster dunk from time to time. Even today, Carter busts out some of the old magic and moves in the pre-game warm-ups.

Most memorable moments: This is a toss-up between two iconic events in basketball history, in the same year – ‘the Dunk of Death’ over 7-foot-2-inch Frédéric Weis at the Sydney Olympics and the NBA Slam Dunk triumph in 2000. The former was a shocker that challenged the limits of the human body and imagination, and the latter basically revived the whole event for generations to come.

Article written by Wong Chin Yi. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the NBA.