Mavericks Sign Eight-Time All-Star Vince Carter
- For Immediate Release
- December 12, 2011
DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks announced today they have signed free agent Vince Carter. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Carter (6-6, 220) is an eight-time NBA All-Star who currently ranks 35th on the NBA's all-time scoring list (eighth among active players) with 20,250 points. The former Rookie of the Year (1998-1999) and Slam Dunk Contest winner (2000) holds career averages of 22.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 925 games (907 starts) with Toronto, New Jersey, Orlando and Phoenix.
Originally the fifth overall selection in the 1998 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors, Carter was traded on draft day to the Toronto Raptors where he would help lead that franchise to its first Playoff appearance in 2000. In December of 2004, Carter was traded to the New Jersey Nets where he would team with current-Maverick Jason Kidd. Carter spent five seasons in New Jersey and is still ranked in the franchise's Top 10 in 19 statistical categories.
The native of Daytona Beach, Florida was traded to the Orlando Magic on draft day in 2009. Carter would play in his home state for a little more than a season, but in the short time he helped take the Magic to the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals where they lost in six games to the Boston Celtics. In December of 2010, Carter was traded to the Phoenix Suns where he finished out last season and scored his 20,000th point becoming just the 37th NBA player to accomplish that feat.
Carter was a standout at the University of North Carolina where he led the Tarheels to two consecutive Final Four berths (1997, 1998). Carter declared himself eligible fot the 1998 NBA Draft after his junior season in Chapel Hill.