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Remembering Vince Carter’s Rookie of the Year award

The man had one heck of a career right from the start

1999 Vince Carter Photo Dhoot Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images

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That said, today marks the 23rd anniversary of Vince Carter receiving the Rookie of the Year honors.

Carter brings good memories as he played twenty-two seasons in the NBA.

The eight-time NBA All-Star was also recognized as the 2016 NBA Teammate of the Year and the 2020 NBA Sportsmanship Award.

His long and storied career started off with a bang in his rookie season followed the next year by his winning the slam dunk competition.

He nearly ruined the Spurs 2014 title run by hitting a buzzer-beater for the Dallas Mavericks, but fortunately the Silver & Black prevailed.

Personally, I loved watching him and Manu in their final season racking up stats as the eldest players to share the floor and score x-amount of points and so on. Really brought home how rare longevity of Carter’s nature is. He became the oldest player in NBA history to score 20+ points at 41 years and 337 days old, breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record by just 6 days.

The game loves you Vince, the fans miss you.

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