Vince Carter came into his 21st season in the NBA as the oldest player in the league at 42. Most people were surprised he chose to sign with the Hawks and not a championship team like other fading stars,but who could pass up a chance to play with all this Hawks young talent. He might not have been the half man half amazing, athletic god we all grew up to love,but he still had the wisdom and IQ he could pass along and help our young Hawks grow.
Vince played 76 games this season and averaged 7.4 points with 2.6 rebounds and 1 assist. Vince started the first month with rhythm scoring in double digits in 4 of the 7 games. The Hawks were slow as a team to start and he got good minutes while young players tried to find their NBA rhythm. The next couple months were more of the same averaging 18 minutes a game with some games over double figures but mostly just garbage minutes. His biggest game came December 29 against the Cavaliers where he scored 21 points on 7-11 shooting and helped the Hawks down the stretch to a big win. Vince shot 38% from 3 this year, his highest in 10 years. He was the go to man on a lot of big shots and every time he shot from 3 the crowd roared in expectation of a made shot. He definitely earned a place in the hearts of Hawks fans.
Everybody would admit Vince was an extraordinary teammate and the perfect veteran to learn from. Vince was always seen teaching the young Hawks, correcting mistakes and even backing them up on a couple of scuffles. A lot of speculation was made on whether this would be Vince’s last season but he made it known early April that he would return for a record 22nd season. We do not know if he will continue to play for Atlanta but we do know it was a joy to have him while he was here and we will miss him.
By: Evan Nix
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