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Vince Carter – the last unicorn

You can call him Vinsanity, Half-man Half-amazing, or Air Canada, but every basketball lover knows the one and only, future Hall of Fame Vince Carter.

A great player, known for his dunks and his athleticism, Vince Carter, was born on January 26, 1977, in Florida.

At age 42, this will be his last season in NBA, but his career has been impressive. Drafted by Golden State Warriors, in 1998, he is the last active player to enter in NBA before 2000. He was waived to Toronto Raptors, and also played for New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, the Phoenix Suns, the Dallas Mavericks, the Memphis Grizzlies, the Sacramento Kings, and the Atlanta Hawks.

Averaging 17.2 points per game over his entire career, Carter is considered a good scorer, but he actually is famous especially for his dunks. Everybody remembers how he resurrected the NBA Slam Dunk Champion, with his dunks, winning the 2000 Slam Dunk contest. Best dunk, however, for me and I think for every basketball lover is the one against Frederic Weis, a 2.18 m French player, in September 2000, at the Olympics.

Despite his achievements, if there would be a hall of fame for players without a ring, he would definitely be there alongside Iverson or Steve Nash.

Nonetheless, he is a model for everybody, with his work ethic and dedication, a strong proof of longevity. Twenty-one seasons on the highest stage of basketball proved everybody what an athlete means.

Let us enjoy his last year of highlights, points and dunks.

Nicolae Sorocan

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