Dallas Mavericks: Vince Carter takes home Sportsmanship Award

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

Dallas Mavericks: Vince Carter takes home 2020 Sportsmanship Award

The Dallas Mavericks signed Vince Carter in 2011. They had just won the championship but decided to tear down their roster. Carter was at a crossroads in his career. He was four years removed from being an All-Star and coming off a massive contract. Vinsanity took a $3 million deal with the Mavs but needed to figure out how to be a role player instead of a superstar.

Carter made the transition and excelled in Dallas. He became the sixth man, spaced the floor, and still brought out the highlight plays from time to time. Carter also hit one of the most iconic shots in Mavericks’ history. It was the team’s only playoff game-winning buzzer-beater until Luka Doncic nailed one in 2020.

Carter bounced around a bit after leaving Dallas in 2014. He played for the Grizzlies, Kings, and Hawks before retiring at the end of this season. The 43-year-old received an award on Oct. 1. Let us take a closer look.

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Former Dallas Mavericks forward Vince Carter takes home 2020 Sportsmanship Award

Carter dominated the voting on his way to winning the 2020 Sportsmanship Award. The trophy is named after Joe Dumars and goes to the player “who best represents the ideals of sportsmanship on the court”. Fans can read the full press release here.

Vince Carter is the perfect recipient for the award, and it is a fantastic cap for his NBA career. He played 22 years in the NBA, but will not be far away from the game next season. Carter signed a multi-year deal with ESPN to be an analyst for both NBA and NCAA basketball. Half-Man/Half-Amazing will excel in that role too. Fans should be excited to hear him on the microphone.

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