Memphis Grizzlies guard Vince Carter picks his spots these days.
One month shy of his 38th birthday, the formerly sky scraping high-flyer with mid-flight flare like few who had come before him (or after), has nestled into a more reserved role as he’s entered the twilight of his career. With over half of his season’s field goal attempts coming from beyond the arc, Carter seems content in his role as spot-up specialist (he’s a 38% career shooter from deep).
However, there remains increasingly rare moments where Carter is called upon to step into the time machine and flashback to the mega-dunking days of his youth. Last night was one of those moments.
With his Grizzlies trailing by two mid-way through the fourth quarter, Vince Carter collected an outlet pass and jaunted his way down the floor in transition. Sensing confusion from the Jazz side as to who should stop ball, Carter seized the opportunity and slid into the lane, where he was met by 7’1” Frenchman Rudy Gobert aka The Stifle Tower (yes, that nickname’s a thing).
Gobert rose for what would have been his third block of the game, only Carter had something special waiting for him. VC soared over the top of Gobert and delivered a vintage spread eagle tomahawk that ignited the Memphis crowd and knotted the game at 75.
Gobert shouldn’t feel bad. Carter has a history with dunking over seven footers from France.