Vince Carter on dunking: “I look at it as an art”

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Eight-time NBA All-Star Vince Carter, who signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks this summer, shares his thoughts on dunking:

“I look at it as an art – it has an artistic side to it. Gliding through the air, contorting, and then the ending can become ferocious. Back when I did the dunk contest, it was more guys trying to tear the rim down. It was the era of the bigs and that came with it.

Now it’s more finesse and some guys want to go up there and just throw it through. John Collins and I have had a lot of conversations about the art of dunking. He has an old-school mentality; he more-so wants to dunk with power,” Carter said.

This past season, the 42-year-old averaged 7.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 17.5 minutes per game for the Hawks.