Vince Carter about to join 1,500 game club

Vince Carter of the Atlanta Hawks watches on against the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Spectrum Center on December 08, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Vince Carter of the Atlanta Hawks watches on against the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Spectrum Center on December 08, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Credit: Streeter Lecka

Credit: Streeter Lecka

It’s getting to that point.

Another game, another Vince Carter milestone.

The Hawks forward will play his 1,500th career game if he appears against the Heat Tuesday night in Miami. Only four players in league history have appeared in 1,500 games – Robert Parish (1,611), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,560), Dirk Nowitzki (1,522)

and John Stockton (1,504).

In his 1,499th game on Sunday, Carter led all reserves and scored a season-high 17 points with two assists and one block in 20 minutes in a win over the Hornets.

Carter is playing his NBA-record 22nd season, his second with the Hawks. The eight-time all-star re-signed with the Hawks on Sept. 20. When he plays in 2020, Carter will become the first player in league history to play in a game in four decades. The 42-year-old Carter made his NBA debut in 1998 after being a first-round pick, No. 5 overall.

Carter has appeared in 18 games this season. He is averaging 5.6 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.