Dallas Mavericks: Ranking the top-10 players of the decade

Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 3: Vince Carter #25 of the Dallas Mavericks (Photo by Mpu Dinani/Getty Images) /

9. Vince Carter

The next guy on my list will be on any top 10 list I can put him on. Vince “half man – half amazing” Carter is one of my all-time favorite players, and in my opinion until he retires the 42-year-old Carter is the best dunker in the NBA.

Carter joined the Dallas Mavericks on December 12, 2011, signing a three-year contract worth just over nine million dollars. A bargain for the eight time all-star. Carter who started his career as high-flying dunker had become a deadly three-point shooter by the time he was signed by the Mavericks.

The Rise of Carter

Vince dunked his way into the limelight during the 1995 McDonald’s All-American Game dunk contest. Carter would continue to throw down jaw dropping dunks during his three years as a North Carolina Tar heel. In 2012 Carter was named as one of the 35 greatest McDonald’s All-Americans of all time.

Carter was originally drafted by the Golden State Warriors then traded to the Toronto Raptors for college teammate Antawn Jamison. Vince would quickly become the face of the struggling Raptors averaging 18.3 points per game as a rookie, earning him the Rookie of the Year award.

Carter won the 2000 NBA dunk contest with one of the most impressive showings in the history of the contest, making him a household name. The Vince Carter that joined the Dallas Mavericks wasn’t the high flyer he once was, but he was a knock down three-point shooter.

Carter hit his biggest three pointer as a Dallas Maverick on April 26, 2014. V.C. nailed a corner three  at the buzzer to give the Mavericks a 2-1 playoff lead against the San Antonio Spurs, earning him a place on the list.