Vince Carter is the First NBA Star to Make History, Playing in Four Consecutive Decades

Vince Carter, shooting guard for the Atlanta Hawks made history last Saturday during a game against the Indiana Pacers, in which the Hawks were victorious (116-111). 

Carter became the first NBA star to take to the court in four consecutive decades.  This tremendous achievement comes from a basketball career that spans from the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and now 2020s.

He was drafted in 1998 by the Golden State Warriors as a 5th round pick, and quickly traded to Toronto Raptors – bringing their franchise to life; today he has entered his 22nd NBA season – he is the only player to reach this landmark. 

As it stands, at 42, he is also the oldest active player in the game.

Carter is one of the most highly regarded NBA players of his time by fans, and is responsible for feats like the ‘Dunk of Death’ – brought to us in the 2000 Sydney Olympics when he soared effortlessly over 7-foot 2 French center, Frederic Wells.

According to, this legendary dunker has scored more than 25,000 points to during his professional career (20th all-time). Carter is making his final NBA lap, having announced this season will be his last. 

“I just think that after next season it is time,” he said on ESPNs ‘The Jump.’ “It’s been great.”

Check out the dunk that the French dubbed le dunk de la mort – the dunk of death.

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