Vince Carter, the oldest active player in the NBA, turns 40 on Thursday. Carter is in his 19th NBA season with his sixth franchise. In between all of the ferocious dunk highlights, Carter has amassed quite the résumé.
Carter has 24,295 career points, 24th most in NBA history and fourth among active players. Of the 23 players ahead of Carter on the scoring list, every player who is eligible for the Hall of Fame has been inducted.
Carter needs four more 3-pointers to become the fifth player in NBA history to make at least 2,000 3s in a career. Now a career 37 percent 3-point shooter, Carter transformed after shooting 29 percent from beyond the arc in his rookie season.
How does Carter stack up at 40?
Carter is averaging 8.2 points per game this season. That is on pace to be the sixth-highest single-season average among players 40 or older, behind four Hall of Famers (for a total of five seasons better than Carter's current scoring average).
Six Hall of Famers played into their 40s in the NBA. All but two -- John Stockton and Bob Cousy -- were big men. The others were Dikembe Mutombo, Karl Malone, Robert Parish and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Carter is ahead of all but Abdul-Jabbar and Malone (who rank first and second) on the NBA career scoring list.
Other than Carter, the only other shooting guards or small forwards to play most of a season at age 40 or older were John Long and Grant Hill. Long and Hill combined to score 222 points and play 61 games in the seasons they turned 40. Carter has already scored 326 points in 40 games this season.
If Carter keeps it up, saying that he is the best wing in NBA history to play into his 40s would not be a stretch.