As Vince Carter approaches his record-tying 21st season, he faces a new role playing on a young Atlanta Hawks team.
Being the fourth overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft, Carter was selected before some of the players on his new roster were even born. At an average age of 25.9 years old and average experience of four years in the league, the Hawks are one of the youngest teams in the NBA.
Carter looks to act as a mentor to some of their up-and-coming talent, starting with 2018 first round pick Trae Young and extending to forwards John Collins and Taurean Prince.
Carter understands he's joining the Hawks more as a veteran leader than a contributor, but it's a role he embraces at this point in his career.
"My blueprint doesn't work for every player, but it's how to figure out your blueprint is what I try to help these guys understand." - @mrvincecarter15#TrueToAtlanta pic.twitter.com/N4twbyFd6o- Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) August 29, 2018
On being the old guy on a very young team
"It's like dad is playing with his kids. I'm one with it now. If I'm sitting here three or four years ago, it'd spook me out a little bit. But now I get it."
On what he brings to the team
"My blueprint doesn't work for every player, but it's how to figure out your blueprint is what I try to help these guys understand."
On his expectations for the Hawks' future
"You want to see positive movement. We're trying to get better and move forward; bringing in the new. Sometimes it's cool to bring the old guy in who's been around for a while to help, and I'm more than thrilled be a part of the face lift of what's going on here."