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.
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.