Dallas Mavericks: Former Mav Vince Carter nets 25,000 points

Dallas Mavericks Vince Carter (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Vince Carter (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

NBA legend and former Dallas Mavericks wing Vince Carter scored his 25,000th career point for the Atlanta Hawks on Nov. 21.

The Dallas Mavericks continue to improve on the court this season, but it was a former player making headlines on Wednesday.  Vince Carter became the 22nd player in NBA history to surpass 25,000 points scored in a career.  It is another milestone for the eight-time All-Star.

Carter is in his first season with the Atlanta Hawks.  He turns 42 in January but has shown no signs of retiring yet.  His career stands nothing short of amazing, though.  From the dunks that brought down the house during his early years in Toronto to winning an Olympic Gold Medal in 2000 on Team USA, Vinsanity has seen almost everything on the basketball court.

Time with Dallas

Vince Carter came to the Mavericks in the latter part of his career.  They were fresh off winning the championship when Carter signed in 2011.  He played 25.1 minutes per game over the next three seasons in Dallas.  Vinsanity was a consistent role player, but at 35 years old in the first season, Carter was past his stellar prime.

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The Mavericks made the playoffs in two of his three seasons but suffered first-round exits to the Thunder and Spurs.

Playoff success is the one thing that has eluded Carter his entire career.  His team made the playoffs in 11 of his 20 seasons, but they have only escaped the first round five times.  Carter was on the Magic in 2009-2010 when they made the Eastern Conference Finals, but that is the deepest playoff run for the legendary Vince Carter.

Final thoughts

Congratulations go out to former Dallas Mavericks wing Vince Carter on a fantastic accomplishment.  Here is a video of the throwback dunk from Carter that pushed him past the milestone courtesy of the Hawks official Twitter.

Mavericks fans know how special these moments are as Dirk Nowitzki climbed the list in recent seasons.  Dirk is currently seventh in scoring with over 31,000 points.

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Those two legends share a ton of similarities.  They were both drafted in 1998 and remain the only two active players to play in the NBA before 2000 just to name two.  Both Carter and Nowitzki are surefire Hall of Famers, and it is fantastic that fans can call them Dallas Mavericks.