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Vince Carter to Play Final NBA Season

Carter will set a league record with his one-year contract with Atlanta.

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Vince Carter, North Carolina Tar Heels alum, is set to play his final season in the NBA this year with the Atlanta Hawks, as first reported by ESPN.

The 2019-20 season will be Carter’s 22nd in the league, an all-time record. The 42-year-old will surpass Robert Parish, Kevin Willis, Kevin Garnett, and Dirk Nowitzki as the NBA leader in seasons played.

Carter has appeared in 1,481 games in the NBA, good for fifth all-time. He needs just 42 games this season to pass John Stockton and Nowitzki for sole possession of third on the list.

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If Carter stays healthy and appears in 80 games, or if the Hawks can return to the playoffs after a two-year drought, he could conceivably pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the second-most games played in NBA history.

He will return to the elder statesman and mentor roles with a young Atlanta team. Last year, Carter played in 76 games, starting nine of them. He averaged 7.4 points per game while playing 17.5 minutes per game. Check out Peachtree Hoops’ season review for more details on his season.

In the upcoming season, fans can expect a retirement tour of such for the eventual Hall of Famer. The eight-time All Star sits at 20th all-time in the career scoring list with 25,430 points and sixth all-time with 2,229 three-point field goals made, all rankings that could improve if he puts up similar numbers to last year.

Stay tuned with Tar Heel Blog this season as we document a legend’s final season in the league.

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