Vince Carter is now 40-years-old and still kicking around the NBA, providing the Memphis Grizzlies with valuable bench minutes and even showing off a touch of the old razzle-dazzle from time-to-time.
Fifteen years ago, he was one of the league’s most exciting superstars and the focal point of the Toronto Raptors’ offense. For those that didn’t live North of the border, though, Carter might best be remembered for his performance in the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest. In what is widely considered one of the best Dunk Contests of all-time, Carter wowed the audience (and judges) with an array of spectacular dunks, including a 360 windmill and a between the legs bounce slam.
But could he dethrone the most iconic Dunk Contest participant ever, His Airness himself? Well, Carter thinks he could.
During a recent appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, Carter was asked how he would fare against Michael Jordan in a Dunk Contest if they were both 24 and in their primes.
“I like me in the dunk contest. I can’t step down from that one,” Carter replied. “Greatest player of all time? I give it to Mike.”
Carter than joked that he was worried his proclamation would get back to MJ and fire up No. 23’s legendary competitive streak.
“My legs are shivering over here,” Carter joked. “I don’t want to see Mike and he’s like, ‘Yo, you think you can outdunk me?'”
Jordan won the Dunk Contest in 1987 and 1988, and unleashed his now iconic Foul Line dunk, which literally became the logo for his own brand of Nike sportswear.