Vincent Carter is a former professional basketball player. A high school McDonald's All-American, Carter played college basketball for three years with the North Carolina Tar Heels and twice advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. He was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors, who traded him to the Toronto Raptors.
He has been ranked as the greatest dunker of all time by numerous players, journalists, and by the NBA. He primarily played the shooting guard and small forward positions. Carter is an eight-time All-Star in the NBA and a two-time All-NBA Team selection. As of 2020, he is the only player in NBA history to play 22 seasons and in four different decades from his debut in 1999 to his retirement in 2020. Carter entertained crowds with his leaping ability and slam dunks. Carter emerged as a star in Toronto as he won the 1999 NBA Rookie of the Year Award and the Slam Dunk Contest at the 2000 NBA All-Star Weekend. He represented the United States in the 2000 Summer Olympics where he won a gold medal.
Off the court, Carter established the Embassy of Hope Foundation, assisting children and their families in Florida, New Jersey, and Ontario. He was recognized in 2000 as Child Advocate of the Year by the Children's Home Society, and he received the Florida Governor's Points of Light award in 2007 for his philanthropy in his home state.As of 2020 Carter works as a basketball analyst for ESPN.