Hawks’ Vince Carter becomes first NBAer to play in 22 seasons

Atlanta Hawks forward Vince Carter reacts after scoring a 3-point shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. The Hawks won 142-126. (John Amis/AP)

Vince Carter has officially played more NBA seasons than anyone in history.

The 42-year-old Carter made his first appearance in his 22nd season Thursday, checking into the Atlanta Hawks‘ game vs. the Detroit Pistons at 6:52 of the first quarter.

After seeing the floor, Carter pulls out of a tie for second place at 21 seasons with Robert Parish, Kevin Willis, Kevin Garnett and Dirk Nowitzki.

Carter boasts career averages of 17.2 points per game, 4.4 assists and 3.3 rebounds.

He spent his first seven seasons in the league with the Toronto Raptors, but has also suited up for the New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns, as well as Atlanta.

He recorded 7.4 points per game on 41.9 per cent shooting with the Hawks last season.

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