Return of Vince Carter Puts Atlanta Hawks in Playoff Range

Atlanta Hawks, Vince Carter (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
Atlanta Hawks, Vince Carter (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /
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Atlanta Hawks, Vince Carter (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /

The Atlanta Hawks solidified their team, by resigning veteran Vince Carter to a one year deal. Vince could be the final piece, to put Atlanta over the playoff hump next season.

Future Hall of Fame player Vince Carter agreed to return to the Atlanta Hawks for his final NBA season. He will sign a one year deal with the team.

The signing gives the Atlanta Hawks 14 players on guaranteed NBA contracts. The team will likely keep its final roster spot open for flexibility reasons.

Vince Carter will now become the first player in NBA history to play in four decades, once the calendar turns to 2020. He will also become the first player to play 22 NBA seasons. That surpasses Dirk Nowitzki, Robert Parish, Kevin Garrett and former Atlanta Hawks forward Kevin Willis for the longest NBA career in history.

Chris Vivlamore covered the resigning from an Atlanta perspective in this recent article. Adriana Wojnarowski of ESPN was first to report the news via Twitter.

Vince Carter Will Bring More Exposure

Vince Carter has previously stated, that he does not want a retirement tour  that many retiring NBA stars have received, as they traveled to NBA cities for the final time as a player. However his wishes will not stop opposing franchises from showing him with gifts and honoring his legacy with videos, prior to games next season.

The fact that Carter is retiring with the Atlanta Hawks, will certainly bring more attention to the team next season. Networks will follow and update fans, on Carter’s milestones and his final performances in NBA cities.

Vince Carter currently sits at number 20 on the All Time NBA scoring list. Should Carmelo Anthony not find an NBA home for this upcoming season, Carter will certainly move past him. If Vince is able to match his total of 562 points from last season, he will also pass Alex English and move into place number 18, among the league’s All Time leading scorers.

Highlight shows will also chronicle the gifts and tributes he receives, as Carter makes his last run as a professional basketball player. This will in turn open up the nation’s eyes, to how talented young Atlanta Hawks players like Trae Young, John Collins and Kevin Huerter truly are.