VINCE Carter is confident of claiming the tag “Greatest Dunker Ever” but is glad to continue to show he is more than just an aerial acrobat with his longevity, remaining relevant in the NBA at age 39.
Sixteen years after ruling the Slam Dunk competition, Carter still suits up for the Memphis Grizzlies, his sixth team in 18 years.
Steve Smith of NBA.com said he also discussed the "Greatest Dunker" tag with Dominique Wilkins, who noted "I also could play."
Carter says he feels the same way.
“I can play, man. I’m still here, I still love the game, the numbers speak for itself, history speaks for itself,” he said.
It was in 2000 when Vince Carter put up the performance that observers say practically killed the Slam Dunk contest.
Carter revealed he didn’t practice the “Arm In The Hoop” dunk, but was pleased with the fan reaction.
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He never returned to try and claim a second title, saying he did not want to be labeled “a dunker.”
“I’m not a career dunker. I wanna be a career basketball player that lasts, and you look up to,” Carter said.
Asked who should compete against him in a dream slam dunk contest, Carter named two stars who came before him - Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins.
Carter said he also expects to win that contest.
A former Raptors superstar, Carter wasn’t in Toronto to see the Zach LaVine-Aaron Gordon dunk-off that fans now consider the revival of the contest, choosing to stay home and watch his daughter play in a tennis tournament.