Skip to main content

The first Raptor to score 50


In 1998, he was selected by the Golden State Warriors as the fifth draft pick and immediately traded to the Toronto Raptors for Antawn Jamison, who had previously been selected in fourth place. In Toronto, he played alongside his equally talented cousin Tracy McGrady. Both were marketed at the beginning of their careers as the new hopes of the Raptors and the NBA. Carter was the star player of the Raptors and impressed the fans with spectacular slam dunks. He won the Rookie of the Year Award for the 1998-1999 season, leading the NBA All-Rookie First Team that year. With 18.3 points per game, he led the rookies in scoring.

The following year, Carter was selected for the first time to an NBA All-Star Game and showed his skills by winning the Slam Dunk Contest. From then on he was All-Star every year until 2007. He reached the playoffs with the Raptors for the first time in 2000. His best season was the following 2000-2001 with an average of 27.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. The highest scoring game in that season was the game which was played 19 years ago today. 

On this day in 2000, Vince Carter wrote Toronto Raptors history. In a game against Phoenix Suns, Air Canada became the first Raptors player to score 50 or more points in a single game.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

In a game played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, the Raptors' star exploded for 51 points, nine rebounds and three steals in 43 minutes on the floor. He led Toronto to a big win on the night when the Raptors were broadcasted for the first time in their history on National Television in the US. 

Half man, half amazing.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Remember when KCP played with an ankle monitor?

In terms of serving time, continuing to play games while in prison is not that bad.


Jason Williams shares who is the GOAT between Michael Jordan and LeBron James

The "White Chocolate" thinks one guy is the GOAT, while the other one would be his pick if he has a must-win game.


“As trophies are concerned, that was the highlight of my career.” — the heartwarming story behind Bill Russell's favorite trophy

The NBA will retire the No. 6 league-wide honoring Bill Russell. The story of his favorite trophy makes it clear why he's the first person ever to receive that honor.

Detroit Pistons guard Isiah Thomas and Utah Jazz center Karl Malone

Isiah Thomas on why Karl Malone was the "weak link" of the Utah Jazz

Isiah Thomas was referring to a particular instance when Karl Malone displayed his weakness at the free throw line.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant

“I’m too old for that, man” — when Kobe Bryant gave up on defense during the twilight years of his career

Kobe Bryant once told fans sitting courtside in Madison Square Garden that he just wanted to chill because he was too old to get back on defense.

Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Nea

“I wish I was playing with these buttercups right now. It’ll be a slaughterhouse out there" —Shaquille O'Neal sounds off on today's NBA

According to Shaq, there's an apparent disparity in talent between the past generation and this current one


Rob Pelinka’s big promise to LeBron James as contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers nears

The Lakers have been a bit trepid about making big roster moves recently, but they appear to have said what they needed to say to keep James in L.A.