Skip to content

A win for longevity: Vince Carter passes Larry Bird on all-time scoring list

Feb 14, 2013, 10:57 AM EDT

Last night a 36-year-old Vince Carter channeled the version of himself from 12 years ago (if that younger self was a better three-point shooter) and dominated the key stretch of the Mavericks win over the Kings. Carter scored 17 points in the third quarter with a barrage of threes, going 5-of-7 from deep in the period. Carter finished with 26 points on the night.

And during that barrage Carter moved past Larry Bird to move into 29th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Carter now has 21,796 points for his career.

This is a tribute to longevity — Bird was a better player than Carter but he played a couple fewer seasons than Carter (and Bird’s last seasons he didn’t play as much as he battled back injuries).

But Carter, for all his flaws, could always score the rock. First as an explosive dunking machine that spawned “Vinsanity” and now as a role player who can still have some big nights (he’s got a PER of 21 this season).

We need to give Carter a nod for that, he’s been a good player in this league for a long time. And this is a sign of that.

Latest Posts
  1. LeBron James carries load, makes enough plays in Cavaliers win (VIDEO)

    May 25, 2015, 8:00 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Cleveland Cavaliers - Game Three Getty Images

    LeBron finished with 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists .

  2. Al Horford ejected after elbow to Matthew Dellavedova’s shoulder (VIDEO)

    May 24, 2015, 9:46 PM EDT

    Al Horford Al Horford

    A trend is becoming clear: Do not mess with Dellavedova.

  3. Mitch Kupchak: Lakers “don’t have time” to build through the draft

    May 24, 2015, 6:30 PM EDT

    Mitch Kupchak Mitch Kupchak

    The Lakers will be picking second in next month’s draft.

  4. Lil B says James Harden is officially under the Based God’s curse

    May 24, 2015, 3:30 PM EDT

    James Harden James Harden

    The rapper wants Harden to apologize for stealing his dance.

  5. Stephen Curry glares at heckling Rockets fan, tells him to ‘sit down’

    May 24, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Stephen Curry Stephen Curry

    Curry not only dropped 40, but he was talking back to the fans in Houston.

  6. Sixers expected to select best player available over need with No. 3 pick in 2015 NBA draft

    May 24, 2015, 9:30 AM EDT

    Sam Hinkie Press Conference Getty Images

    Depending on what happens with the first two picks, Philadelphia could fill both requirements.

  7. Warriors don’t live by 3, die by 3. They live by defense, live by defense

    May 24, 2015, 12:57 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets - Game Three Getty Images

    There’s seemingly no solving Golden State’s dominant defense

  8. Stephen Curry drops 40, Warriors rout Rockets by 35 to take 3-0 series lead

    May 24, 2015, 12:07 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets - Game Three Getty Images

    Houston has played well and valiantly this postseason, but the Warriors are simply better.

Featured video

Will Klay Thompson get a little help on James Harden?
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. K. Irving (6751)
  2. K. Love (5671)
  3. D. Howard (5311)
  4. S. Curry (4887)
  5. L. James (4288)
  1. D. Carroll (4254)
  2. P. Beverley (3945)
  3. K. Bryant (3726)
  4. K. Durant (3626)
  5. M. Speights (3540)