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The Top 5 Best Destinations For Vince Carter To Finish His Career

The Top 5 Best Destinations For Vince Carter To Finish His Career

After entering the league in 1998, Vince Carter is about to come back for his record-breaking 22nd season in the NBA, passing Kevin Garnett, Robert Parish, Dirk Nowitzki, and Kevin Willis for the most seasons played by any hooper ever.

At 42 years old, Carter is the oldest player in the NBA, but he has looked as sharp as ever over the last couple of seasons, contributing off the bench and mentoring young players as a strong, well-respected locker room presence.

Still, it looks like Air Canada is about to take flight for the final time, and he has been getting plenty of attention from teams around the league.

That’s why today, we’re going to list the top five teams that Carter should consider joining before retiring from the NBA for good:

5. Philadelphia 76ers

(via 6abc Philadelphia)

(via 6abc Philadelphia)

The Philadelphia 76ers are currently the best team in the Eastern Conference, at least in terms of their roster, and they gave the Toronto Raptors a lot of trouble even with Joel Embiid banged up and clearly not healthy.

This team is poised to make a run at the NBA Finals this season and they could use wing players who can create their own shot and hit three-pointers. Carter is more than capable of that production, even at his age.

He took 4.2 three-pointers per game last season with the Atlanta Hawks and hit 38% of them on 17.5 minutes of playing time, so V.C. could be very valuable for the Sixers especially now that they’ve lost JJ Redick.

4. Houston Rockets

(via Houston Chronicle)

(via Houston Chronicle)

The Houston Rockets had the worst scoring bench in the league last season with just 26.3 points per game on 40% from the floor and they didn’t add many role players that could consistently score off the bench.

Carter is not the scoring machine he used to be anymore, but he’d get plenty of wide-open shots with Russell Westbrook and James Harden constantly driving through the lane and drawing most of the defense's attention.

The Rockets need players that could knock down shots if they want Mike D’Antoni’s pace-and-space offense to work. They could also use more help at the small forward spot as Gerald Green and Danuel House are their only options right now.

3. Los Angeles Clippers

(via Yahoo! Sports)

(via Yahoo! Sports)

The Los Angeles Clippers took the Golden State Warriors to 6 games last season and that was before they added Paul George and Kawhi Leonard this summer, so they’re clearly one of the favorites to win it all this year.

The Clippers had the best scoring bench in the league last year with 53.4 points per game, with Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell carrying most of the load. Adding a great shooter like Carter could make them even scarier.

With Leonard and George logging most of the minutes at the forward spots, Carter would be on a privileged position if he joined the Clippers, as he could sit back-to-backs to keep his body fresh for his last run in the playoffs.

2. Los Angeles Lakers

(via heavy.com)

(via heavy.com)

The Los Angeles Lakers still have one roster spot, but most insiders claim they’re saving it to sign Andre Iguodala in case the Memphis Grizzlies buy him out or trade him at some point of the season.

Still, the Lakers are unlikely to trade more picks following the Anthony Davis trade, so Iguodala could end up elsewhere and they could sign Carter midseason assuming nobody signed him before.

LeBron has already helped veterans like Richard Jefferson and James Jones win NBA Championships before retiring, but Carter still has enough left in the tank to contribute off the bench for the Lakers, that could use more depth at the small forward spot.

1. Toronto Raptors

(via Tip of the Tower)

(via Tip of the Tower)

Vince Carter was drafted by the Golden State Warriors with the 5th overall pick of the 1998 NBA Draft and was immediately traded to the Raptors for Antawn Jamison. That’s when the Air Canada legend began.

Carter made basketball popular in Canada and put the Toronto Raptors on the map. He even took them to the playoffs and carried the team on his back when they decided to trade Tracy McGrady.

There wouldn’t be a better way to go full circle and put an end to his legendary NBA career that going back to where it all began. And even though the Raptors are no longer the frontrunners to win the NBA Championship, they are still one of the strongest teams in the East.

There is absolutely no doubt that the Raptors will retire Carter’s number 15 jersey and that he’ll get a huge standing ovation in his last game in the Scotiabank Arena -- and that’s the kind of farewell a legend like him deserves.