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Vince Carter becomes first NBA player to play in four separate decades

Atlanta Hawks forward Vince Carter made NBA history in their game against the Indiana Pacers.

He didn't have to do much to write this page in the history books - all he had to do was take the floor. When Carter checked in for the Hawks in their contest against the Pacers, he became the first player in NBA history to play in four separate decades.

The 42-year-old veteran made his NBA debut back in 1999 and played through the 2000's, the 2010's and now the 2020's.

This isn't the first record that Carter has set this season either - the future Hall of Famer became the first player to ever play 22 seasons in the NBA when he decided to return for what is expected to be one final season this year.

He broke the four-way tie with Robert Parish, Kevin Willis, Kevin Garnett and Dirk Nowitzki, standing alone for the most seasons played in NBA history.


Carter has climbed his way up on some of the NBA's all-time lists, making his mark on the league with the potential of retirement looming.

He is currently fourth all-time in games played at 1,510 games. He is set to pass Nowitzki this season, who has the third-most games played with 1,522, but that will be the highest he can reach on that list if he retires at the end of the season.

He ranks 20th all-time in points scored in the NBA, just 36 points shy of Alex English and is only 34 made 3-pointers behind Jason Terry for fifth-most in NBA history.

Half-man. Half-amazing.

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