Today is Christmas Morning for Nets fans. In just over 12 hours, the Brooklyn Nets 2023-2024 season commences, as Mikal Bridges, Ben Simmons, and company host Donovan Mitchell’s Cleveland Cavaliers at the Barclays Center.
If today’s Christmas, yesterday was Christmas Eve. Nets fans got a big early Christmas present.
Nets legend Vince Carter, the franchise’s second-leading scorer, is joining YES Network and will call some of Brooklyn’s games this season, according to the NY Post’s Andrew Marchand.
Vince Carter will serve as a part-time analyst for YES Network this year
Carter is one the best players in Nets franchise history, and Nets fans will love seeing him back involved with the Nets organization.
The North Carolina product was traded from the Toronto Raptors, the team he spent seven and a quarter seasons with to begin his career, to the New Jersey Nets in December 2004 for Eric Williams, Aaron Williams, Alonzo Mourning, and two first-round draft picks.
Carter spent five seasons in New Jersey, averaging 23.6 points per game, the most he averaged with any of the eight franchises he played for. The greatest dunker of all time also averaged 5.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game as a Net while shooting 37% from behind the three-point arc.
The Nets went to the playoffs in the first three years of Carter’s tenure. The Heat swept New Jersey in the first round in 2005 but made the second round in 2006 and 2007. Carter averaged 26 points and 7.1 rebounds per game as a Net in the playoffs.
Vinsanity was nothing short of a monster in New Jersey
Who knows, maybe when Carter is in the building, he will give some advice to this young Brooklyn team, especially Bridges. Bridges has the talent and personality to be as widely loved in the tri-state area as Carter.
Regardless, Carter will be on your TV screens during Brooklyn’s games this season, which is awesome.