A likely hall of famer, as a member of the prestigious 24,000 point club and quite possibly the best dunker in NBA history, “The Human Highlight Film” was the most electrifying and inspiring player in his prime, wowing millions with abilities and his incredible athleticism.
Those days have long passed and Vince Carter has settled in his role as a bench player and mentor for Memphis’ younger players for the previous three seasons.
He has been a bit more for the Grizzlies thus far in the 2016-2017 season locating the fountain of youth and becoming a big time contributor once again. He’s averaging 10.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 27.7 minutes per game, including 20 points and seven rebounds in the Grizzlies victory against Utah Jazz Monday night.
He became the oldest player in NBA history to come off the bench and score 20 points in a game. Ahead of Michael Jordan when Jordan did it in the 2002-2003 season.
With Chandler Parsons returning and working his way back into big minutes, Carter’s playing time will definitely decrease, but time will tell if Carter will have the ability to maintain this level of friskiness and creation throughout the balance of the season.
We can just hope that we’re lucky enough to be treated to a little more Vinsanity this season. Find tickets for the Memphis Grizzlies here.