That’s Basketball God in China Tracy McGrady having a deeeeep 3-Point contest against his cousin and former Raptors’ teammate Vince Carter. I’m not sure if you noticed, but if you go back to the 28 second mark of this video, Carter attempted two of those deep 3s with his left hand! He didn’t make either of them but he was close and shot them with little effort.
Just as effortless were these half-court jump shots from Vince.
T-Mac had his struggles from half-court and surprisingly didn’t do much better from the 3-point line (I’m going to blame the jetlag) while Vince’s 3s were perfect swishes.
ONE OF THE GREATEST SHOOTERS OF ALL-TIME?
Watching Vince shoot likes this brings up the question, “If Vince Carter wasn’t one of the, if not the greatest dunker of all-time, would he be known as one of the best shooters of all-time?”
Most people would probably quickly answer no but did you know Vince once hit 8 consecutive 3-pointers in the first half of a playoff game back in 2001? Did you know Vince set the Nets franchise record for 3s when he hit 9 in a single game back in 2006? Did you know Vince Carter has made more 3s than Kobe, Peja Stojakovic, Dale Ellis, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowtizki, Glen Rice and is currently 6th on the all-time 3-point list? He will also probably move into the #5 spot before he retires.
Vince has even had a couple of hot nights in the past few years, like when he connected on 7 of 9 from 3 in GM5 against the Spurs in 2014. Even last season, he had a game against the Lakers when he went 5 of 5 from downtown…in the first half! But it was crickets on social media; If he would have done a boring reverse dunk than Twitter and hoop sites would have been going on-and-on about “turning back the hands of time.”
But for me, watching Vince swish 3s in China does turn back the hands of time. It turned them back to the 2001 playoffs, when Carter made 8 consecutive 3-pointers in a half on his way to a 50 point night against the 76ers.
And although T-Mac wasn’t connecting on his long-range bombs, watching him have a shootout turned back the hands of time to the 2005 Hurricane Katrina Relief Game, when T-Mac and Gilbert Arenas had one of the most exciting deeeep 3-point shootouts ever.
And everything written above makes me turn back the hands of time and wonder “what if” Tracy McGrady would have stayed with Vince in Toronto. It’s a question McGrady thinks about too.
“In hindsight, looking back, obviously I wish I had stayed in Toronto,” said McGrady back in 2013. “There’s no doubt we could have contended for a championship. I think about that often. But if ‘if’ was a fifth, you know?”