Noted for currently being the oldest player in the NBA, Vince Carter has signed on to be a member of the Atlanta Hawks for what will be his 22nd season.
While many people expect this to be the 42-year-old’s last final season, if Carter manages to last through his birthday, Jan. 26, he’ll become the first 43-year-old to play in the NBA since Kevin Willis who played for the Dallas Mavericks back in 2007 before retiring.
Willis also played for the Hawks from 1984-94 and came back in 2004 before going to Dallas in 2005.
He was drafted as a point guard, coming out of Michigan State University.
Other players who have maintained an impressive number of ongoing seasons include Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Willis, Kevin Garnett who all played 21 seasons; while Kobe Bryant maxed out at 20 seasons.
During his time as a free agent, Carter helped the Hawks’ last season with over 76 games averaging 7.4 points in 17.5 minutes; included starting for nine games, a 38.9 shot percentage afar the arc.
This season Carter will step onto the court as one of the Hawks’ 14 players with insured contracts
He is joined on the Hawks’ roster by young rookies Bruno Fernando, Trae young, Cam Reddish and De’Andre Hunter.
With the Hawks being Carter’s eighth team, utilizing his durability last season, his veteran status should add some much-needed profundity to the newly added roster.