Vince Carter spent the first six-plus years of his Hall of Fame career putting the expansion Raptors on the map.
Actually, Toronto was already three years old by the time Carter was traded to the Raptors on Draft night in 1998 from the Golden State Warriors, but it wasn’t until Vinsanity hit his rookie year that fans began to arrive to watch them play.
In fact, Carter’s high-flying dunks captivated the entire league, earning him the nickname “Air Canada,” while setting league-wide attendance records for the next three seasons at the Air Canada Centre.
Along with his Rookie of the Year honors in 1999, Carter anchored the Raptors to their first-ever postseason appearance that season.
Five of his eight All-Star appearances came while he played in Toronto and he won the Slam Dunk contest in 2000.
Although his final season North of the Border was a rocky one with both ownership and fans, many were sad to see him traded to the then-New Jersey Nets in the 2004 offseason.
He remained a strong NBA star through most of his five seasons with the Nets, before moving on to the Orlando Magic in 2009, Phoenix Suns in 2010, Dallas Mavericks in 2011, Memphis Grizzlies in 2014, and his final stop, the Sacramento Kings this year.
Or, is it his final stop?