At 41, Vince Carter is now the OLDEST player in the NBA!
That’s just crazy.
This season marks Carter’s 21st season in the league.
A winner of the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest in 2000, Carter still has hops. Did you see the 360-windmill jam he threw down during pregame layup lines last month?
“Man, Vince probably can play two, three more years, man,” Vince Carter’s former New Jersey Nets teammate, Mikki Moore tells Scoop B Radio.
“Real talk; he can play until he’s about 45, 46.”
Moore lived his best life in the NBA as a New Jersey Nets during the 2006-07 NBA season. Averaging a career-best, 9.8 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game, Moore led the league in field goal percentage that year, shooting 60.9%.
Moore says he’s not surprised the Vince Carter is still in the NBA. “Vince could play football, baseball, and basketball right now if he wanted to,” Moore told me.
“Dude is talented at all three sports, no lie. I think Vince might be better at baseball than basketball. We did an event for the New York Yankees and he was knocking the ball out of the park, just playing around. Him and T-Mac are unbelievably athletic; it runs in their genes, I don’t understand it.”
Those athletic Florida genes run deep for both Carter and even his cousin, NBA Hall of Famer, Tracy McGrady.
Moore got extended minutes with the Nets during the 2006-07 season because of Nenad Krisic’s season-ending ACL injury. He balled out in New Jersey. In fact, Moore became the first undrafted player ever to lead the NBA in field goal percentage and only the third to finish in the top five since the 1976–77 NBA season. He cites Carter, Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson for their leadership. That’s my guys, that’s my dudes,” he said.
“Before I left New Jersey, that’s the guys I called to make my decision of where I was going after that year. So, them two and RJ, that was the core of our system. And I trust their decision on it, so they’re like brothers to me.”
Once the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2003, Moore signed Moore a multi-year deal with the Sacramento Kings. Moore says that Carter, Kidd and Jefferson threatened him to do it. “They told me if they saw me the next year in New Jersey, they were going to beat me up every day if I turned down that extra money, because I will never get that opportunity again,” said Moore.
“So, I think of them as family, because they thought of me big enough to tell me to don’t take that risk, to take all the money that I can because of my family and I won’t get that opportunity again. They said will beat me up every day in practice if I turned down the extra eight million dollars that another team was offering me. So, that’s the character of J-Kidd, Vince Carter, and RJ.”
Before it is all said and done, however, Moore like many NBA fans has one wish for his former Nets teammate: he’d like to see Vince Carter lace ’em up one more time as a member of the Toronto Raptors.
“It would be lovely,” said Moore.
“It would be lovely to see him go back there.”