Vince Carter is definitely one of everybody’s favorite players in the world since making his professional debut with the Toronto Raptors in 1999, and now, 18 seasons later, Air Canada is still waiting to earn his first NBA Champion ring after successful tenures with the Raptors, Nets, Magic, Suns, Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies.
The former 5th pick of the 1999 NBA draft, and probably one of the most impressive dunkers in the history of the game, is amidst his 18th season in the Association, and even if Memphis is definitely making the playoffs this year, the guard/forward chances of winning a ring with the Grizzlies are pretty close to none.
Even at age 40, Vinsanity has shown no signs of losing a bit of his athleticism and outstanding leaping ability, and there’s no doubt that he can still be a great contributor off the bench for a contending team. So, considering that The King Air is at the sunset of his career, let’s take a look at the top 3 best destinations for him to go this summer and finally win an NBA ring.
Danny Ainge has proven to be a basketball genius, considering he started rebuilding the Celtics just a couple of season ago, as Brad Stevens has managed to compete and contend no matter which 5 guys are dressed in green. The Celtics have managed to put together a pretty decent squad, and they still have a lot of money to spend and a couple of high picks from the Brooklyn Nets.
So, with Isaiah Thomas playing the best ball of his career, Marcus Smart taking a step forward with his outstanding pesky defense, a couple of interesting free agents set to arrive to the TD Garden and a winning history that backs them up, the Celtics would be a great choice for pretty much every veteran wanting to compete for an NBA ring in a softer Eastern Conference, so Carter should definitely consider it.
If he doesn’t want to go to the Boston Celtics, “the InVinceable” could just go ahead and sign for the other serious contender in the East, the Cleveland Cavaliers. They could also offer him a veteran contract, and a pretty big chance to at least play in the NBA Finals every single year.
Carter could be a second Richard Jefferson and contribute off the bench for Tyronn Lue and “The Land”, taking a dip in his minutes and staying fresh to help in the postseason where younger guys may take a step back in the rotation, giving him a pretty decent chance of having a very important role in a championship team and finally earn bragging rights over his cousin Tracy McGrady, who didn’t win a ring either.
San Antonio Spurs
Let’s be honest here: Who wouldn’t LOVE to play for the San Antonio Spurs? Gregg Popovich’s team is the most consistent and serious institution in the NBA (and probably in sports, as a matter of fact) and Pop’s system and great minutes management have proven to be a perfect fit for every single veteran that wants to chase their dream of becoming an NBA Champion.
Having said that, it’s worth noticing the fact that the Spurs are always looking for veterans to improve their rotation and contribute with at least 20 minutes a night, and considering how nicely VC has performed towards the end of his career, this could actually be the place where he’d be more suited to contribute and win the Championship, although he’d have to fight in the crowded and merciless Western Conference.