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Vince Carter officially announces retirement from NBA

After 22 years in the NBA, Vinsanity has decided to call it quits. We will miss the insane dunks, the crazy highlights, the consummate professional.

Atlanta Hawks guard Vince Carter fist bumps fans after an overtime loss to the New York Knicks at State Farm Arena.  Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

No matter what type of fan you are, this one hits home. After 22 years in the NBA, filled with some of the nastiest dunks we’ve ever seen, Vince Carter has decided to retire from basketball, the Atlanta Hawks announced in a statement early Thursday.

Carter is best known for revolutionizing and re-vitalizing the NBA Slam Dunk contest in the year 2000. The former top 5 pick leaves behind a Hall of Fame career in which he played for the Hawks, Toronto Raptors, New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings. Carter was an eight-time All-Star, named to an All-NBA team twice, and won Rookie of the Year in 1998-99.

VC will finish his career with 25,728 points over 1,541 career games. He will be remembered most for his dunks, but also during his prime with the Raptors and Nets in which he was one of the top scorers in the NBA from his rookie season in 1998-99 until 2008-09, his last season with the Nets. Carter also had brief stops with the Orlando Magic and Phoenix Suns. Enough about all that though, let’s enjoy some of Carter’s best dunks.