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This Date in NBA History (Feb. 5): Vince Carter makes his NBA debut with Toronto Raptors

On Feb. 5, 1999, Vince Carter made his NBA debut with the Toronto Raptors.

In 31 minutes of play, Carter scored 16 points on 5-for-11 shooting from the field and 6-for-8 from the free-throw line, making him the team's third-leading scorer behind Kevin Willis (28) and Doug Christie (27). Carter also pulled down three rebounds, handed out two assists and came up with two steals.

The Raptors walked away with the win in Carter's debut, defeating the Boston Celtics by a final score of 103-92.

Due to a lockout, each team played only 50 games in the shortened 1998-99 season. Carter appeared in all 50, posting averages of 18.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.1 steals on 45.0 percent shooting from the field, 28.8 percent from the 3-point line and 76.1 percent from the free-throw line.

Those numbers helped him earn Rookie of the Year ahead of Jason Williams and Paul Pierce.

Carter went on to play seven seasons with the Raptors. He established himself as one of the best players in the league during his time with the franchise, earning five straight All-Star selections, as well as two All-NBA selections. Kyle Lowry (6) is the only player with more All-Star selections in franchise history and DeMar DeRozan (2) is the only player other than Carter with multiple All-NBA selections.

Carter retired following the 2019-20 season with career averages of 16.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

NBA.com's Carlan Gay ranked Carter as the fourth-greatest Raptor of all-time.

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