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At age 42 Vince Carter is currently the oldest player in the league. He played his first NBA game in early 1999.
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At age 42 Vince Carter is currently the oldest player in the league. He played his first NBA game in early 1999. Source Carmen Mandato Getty Images

On Saturday night at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Carter entered the game against the Indiana Pacers in the first quarter with a standing ovation. Last week, the Hawks' franchise player was the top vote-getter among the Eastern Conference guards in the first fan ballot All-Star returns.

He has played for Raptors, Nets, Suns, Magic, Mavericks, Grizzlies, Kings and Hawks in 24 seasons.

To put it into further context, 36 current National Basketball Association players - including four of his team-mates (Bruno Fernando, Trae Young, Kevin Huerter and Cam Reddish) - were born after Carter was first drafted. Throughout his career, "VC" averages 16.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists. Right now, though, both teams are likely incredibly happy with how the trade panned out considering Doncic is an early MVP candidate, and Young's offensive performance this season has been the saving grace for the Atlanta Hawks.

"I'm probably more competitive now because I know the end is near".

Vincent Lamar Carter is really "half-man, half-amazing". I challenge myself every day when I get on the floor to play my minutes hard and compete, and not to prove to anybody else but to me that I deserve to be here.

"I never imagined playing this long". It's an unbelievable feeling. Yep, the decade is officially five legends short of being reduced to an "I Love The '90s" VH1 special.

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