On May 26, 1999, Vince Carter was named Rookie of the Year for the 1998-99 season.
The No. 5 pick in the 1998 NBA Draft, Carter appeared in all 50 games of his rookie season and posted averages of 18.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.1 steals on .450/.288/.761 shooting splits.
It wasn't enough for the Toronto Raptors to make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, but Carter led them to a 23-27 record. The season prior, the Raptors went 16-66.
Sacramento Kings guard Jason Williams finished second in Rookie of the Year voting behind Carter. Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce came in third.
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ON THIS DAY (May 26, 1999) @mrvincecarter15 was named the 1998-99 NBA Rookie of the Year!- NBA Canada (@NBACanada) May 26, 2021
Vince averaged 18.3 PTS, 5.7 REB, 3.0 AST, 1.5 BLK, and 1.1 STL for the @Raptors. pic.twitter.com/nBIAufrkal
Carter went on to play in the NBA for 22 seasons, the most in league history. He was with the Raptors for the first six-and-a-half seasons of his career, followed by four-and-a-half seasons with the New Jersey Nets. He spent the second half of his career playing for six different teams in the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks.
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Carter earned eight All-Star selections, one All-NBA Second Team selection and one All-NBA Third Team selection in his career. He retired with 25,728 points, ranking him 22nd all-time in scoring.
Basketball References gives Carter a 94.5 percent of making the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
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