Vince Carter turns 42 years old on January 26th. He is the definition of a veteran, a man who has changed his game so much from his younger days in order to stay in the NBA. Carter has played for eight teams during his career, but many remember him primarily as a member of the Toronto Raptors.
Carter played it the first six-and-a-half seasons of his career in Canada, and he was one of the defining players of a young generation entering the league at the end of the 1990s. Carter left Toronto after a tumultuous final run that saw him benched at times, butting heads with Raptors management and coaching.
Fans in Toronto have come to re-embrace Carter in the years since his departure, and many seem to hold a soft spot for him. To that end, Raptors fans at the Air Canada Centre gave Carter a standing ovation on Tuesday night in what could have been his final game in the Great White North.
Carter is only under contract with the Atlanta Hawks for this season. After that, is future is up in the air. He is still a relevant contributor in bench minutes, but the question will be whether Carter wants to return to an NBA floor to play through another season in his 40s. Carter told reporters before the game against the Raptors that he’d like to return, but that could change in the months between now and season’s end.