When Vince Carter joined the Hawks last season I don’t think even he imagined that he would play such a integral role with the Hawks that saw him starting the opening game in State Farm arena at power forward. John Collins missed the first couple of game due to injury and Carter was the perfect fit to come in fill in the gaps. Carter played 25 minutes that first game and although he only scored 6 points he was a +16 while he was on the court.
All season long Vince would have a profound impact on a young Hawks team learning how to fly. It was crazy because you didn’t really know if he had more of an impact on the court or off the court. The simple answer is, it doesn’t even matter because no matter what you just wanted #15 on this team in whatever capacity he was willing to serve.
Today news broke from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Vince Carter intends to re-sign for one final season with the Atlanta Hawks. This will serve as Carter’s 22nd NBA season which would put a cap on a brilliant Hall of Fame career.
Last season Carter averaged 7.4 points a game and proved that he could still play quality minutes in the NBA. And while at times he did look his age the impact that he had on these young Hawks couldn’t be put into words. Last year Carter’s locker was right next to Trae Young and upon hearing the news of his return, Young sent out this tweet.
The numbers of the contract have yet to be disclosed and the amount of playing time Carter will get on a team full of young guys the Hawks have invested in is still a game that will play out during the season. One thing is for sure, the legendary Vince Carter choosing the Atlanta Hawks for his final victory lap to a Hall of Fame career is pretty awesome.
The marathon continues for #15