30 Greatest Dallas Mavericks players in franchise history

Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki, Luka Doncic
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22. Vince Carter

Carter’s best days were behind him before he joined the Mavericks in 2011. He was already an eight-time All-Star and an unquestioned superstar. Vinsanity was the talk of the NBA in the early 2000s, but he struggled with the transition to becoming a role player before arriving in Dallas.

The Mavs were his fourth team in four years, and he was waived by the Suns in 2011. Carter still believed he was a starter and a star, but the then-35-year-old was best suited for a 25-minute per-game role. The 6’6 wing bought into his place during his three years in Dallas, and it extended his career nearly another decade.

Carter averaged 12.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 25.1 minutes per game with the Mavs. He shot a career-high 39.2 percent from 3-point range playing off Dirk Nowitzki, and he hit one of the most iconic shots in franchise history.

Vince Carter left the Dallas Mavericks in 2014 to sign with the Grizzlies, but the partnership worked out well for both sides. Carter improved the franchise, and Dallas allowed him to prove that he was willing and able to fill any role necessary.

He was 37 years old at the time of his departure, and Carter still played another six full years in the NBA. His longevity and ability to adapt were incredible. He is the only player in league history to play 22 seasons.