Venerable Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Vince Carter climbed another notch on the all-time three-point field goals list during Wednesday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, passing Rashard Lewis for seventh place on the list.
Not a bad accomplishment for a player once known more for his dunking than his shooting.
Carter now has 1,777 total three-pointers after shooting 3-of-4 from beyond the arc in Dallas' 123-122 overtime loss.
Of course, Lewis is still an active player, so he could theoretically come back and supplant Carter on this list. But Lewis is barely hanging onto the end of the bench with the Miami Heat, totaling 188 minutes on the 2013-14 season.
Carter, on the other hand, is still a valuable contributor for Dallas. This is his third season with the club, which he joined during the 2011 offseason as a free agent. Before that, he played for the Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic.
But it was Carter's first two stops that continue to define his career. He played the first six full seasons of his career for the Toronto Raptors, winning the legendary 2000 Slam Dunk Contest and leading the franchise to its best-ever playoff result: Game 7 of the 2001 Eastern Conference semifinals.
Unfortunately, the manner in which Carter left Toronto continues to haunt his legacy. He essentially quit on the team before forcing a trade to the New Jersey Nets in the 2004-05 season.
He would play four more full seasons in New Jersey, teaming with Jason Kidd, though that team also never made it past the conference semifinals.
The relationship between Carter and Toronto was summarized by B/R's Adam Fromal:
They loved him while he was making a name for himself, putting up points in bunches, leading Canada's NBA representative to the postseason and winning dunk contests.
Now they hate him.
At least one current Raptor is still a Carter fan, however. Terrence Ross, who, like Carter, won a Slam Dunk Contest, showed his support for Carter during a question series on Reddit—as relayed by William Lou of Raptors Republic, an ESPN TrueHoop affiliate: "they [sic] should retire his jersey simply because he put toronto [sic] on the map. he [sic] did a lot for this city and this franchise, so STOP BOOING HIM!"
Next up for Carter on the list is another longtime vet playing few minutes: Detroit Pistons point guard Chauncey Billups, at 1,830 made threes. Miami Heat shooting guard Ray Allen holds the NBA record, with 2,951 threes.
*All statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference.
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