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Vince Carter signs with Hawks, enters 21st NBA season

Vince Carter appeared in 58 games this past season for the Kings. (Kelley L. Cox, USA TODAY Sports)
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The Mavericks' Vince Carter shoots the winning shot against the Spurs in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Dallas. The Mavericks won, 109-108.

There’s insanity and then there’s “Vinsanity.”

NBA fans will get at least one more year of Vince Carter after sources said he signed with the Atlanta Hawks ­— embarking on his 21st pro season.

Which is insane — er Vinsane.

To put things in perspective, Carter was drafted three months before new teammate Trae Young was born.

In all seriousness, here’s how remarkable the feat really is.

According to ESPN, Carter is second all-time with number of different players who have played in at least one game as his teammate (228). Juwan Howard has the record with 236.

Carter, along with Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry are the only three NBA players who played in the 90s. Fun fact: In 2011, the all three played for the Dallas Mavericks.

Carter (left), Terry (31), Shawn Marion (0), Nowitzki (41), Jason Kidd (2) and Lamar Odom (7)

As USA Today Sports’ For The Win noted, “It’s pretty phenomenal that Carter continues to sign with different teams that have no chance of winning championships this late in his career. You’d think that he’d want to chase after his first ring, but it seems like he’s just playing for the love of the game.”

The Vinsanity moniker started after Carter won the 2000 NBA Dunk Contest when he showcased ridiculous hops after completing a dunk by dipping his arm through the net at elbow’s length.

Carter, an 8-time All-Star and Olympic gold medalist, also displayed the ability to be a clutch player.

The journeyman’s contract with Atlanta is a 1-year, $2.4 million veteran minimum deal, according to sources.

This will be Carter’s eighth team, after stints with the Mavericks, Toronto Raptors, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Memphis Grizzlies, and Sacremento Kings.

The aforementioned Nowitzki, who has played his entire career in Dallas, is also entering his 21st season.

The duo joins Robert Parish, Kevin Willis and Kevin Garnett as the only NBA players to play 21 seasons.

Samson X Horne is a Tribune-Review staff writer. He can be reached at [email protected] or via Twitter @spinal_tapp.

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