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Vince Carter, an eight-time NBA All-Star and Olympic gold medalist, began his tenure at ESPN in September 2020, where he serves as an NBA and college studio and game analyst. Carter is a prominent figure on various ESPN programs, including NBA Countdown, College Game Day, The Jump, Get Up, First Take, and SportsCenter.
Carter’s remarkable NBA career stands out as he’s the only player in NBA history to compete professionally for 22 seasons. His journey began in 1998 when he was drafted by the Toronto Raptors. In his debut season, he was named Rookie of the Year (1999) and part of the NBA All-Rookie first team. He continued to impress, earning accolades such as All-NBA third-team (2000), NBA Slam Dunk contest champion (2000), and All-NBA second-team (2001). Carter also achieved All-Star status for five consecutive years from 2000 to 2004. His success extended as he joined the New Jersey Nets in 2004, earning three additional All-Star trips (2005-2007). Carter’s career took him through eight NBA teams across four different decades. Notably, he led the 2000 United States Men’s Olympic Basketball Team to victory, securing the nation’s twelfth Men’s Basketball Olympic gold medal. Carter officially retired from the NBA after the 2019-20 season.
In his college days at the University of North Carolina, Carter played an instrumental role in leading the Tar Heels to consecutive ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament titles and NCAA Final Four appearances. His college career was marked by accolades, including being named second-team All-American and third-team All-ACC in 1997, and first-team All-ACC in 1998. His contributions were so significant that the Tar Heels honored his number 15 jersey in 2000. Remarkably, while playing in the NBA, Carter continued his education and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2001.
Carter’s journey in basketball began at Mainland High School in his hometown of Daytona Beach, Florida. He led Mainland’s basketball team to its first state title in 56 years and was recognized as a Parade All-American, McDonald’s All-American, and Florida’s Basketball Player of the Year in 1995. In 2007, his achievements were celebrated with his induction into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame.