Carter with the Denver Nuggets.
|Date of birth||June 16, 1975|
|Place of birth||Atlanta, Georgia|
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in|
|Listed weight||190 lbs|
|NBA Draft||1998; Undrafted|
|2003-2004||San Antonio Spurs|
|2011||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Anthony Carter at NBA.com|
Carter played as a freshman on the varsity team of Atlanta's Crim High School. However, after his freshman year, Carter quit high school. After leaving school, Carter spent his teenage years playing basketball for money in Atlanta. The Rocky Mountain News quoted Carter stating: "The dope man would put up the money, and we would play. We used to play for the drug dealers. That's how we were going to make our money. We didn't sell the drugs ... (I used the money) to buy shoes and food. That was the only way we could eat." During his teenage years, Carter's mother was on drugs, and all seven of his uncles were at one point in prison.
Realizing Carter's basketball skills could earn him an education, several members of Carter's community helped him get a GED and enroll at Saddleback College.
Carter played collegiately at Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo, California (1994-96), then went on to play at the University of Hawaii. At UH, Carter became the Rainbows’ career leader in assist average and one of only 10 players to reach 1,000 points.
In 2003, his agent misread a part of his contract which would have enabled him to get an extension, and more money, with Miami but it was too late as he had already signed a contract with the San Antonio Spurs which completely voided his rookie contract (the agent was subsequently fired). However, after only five games, the Spurs waived him due to injury, and he remained inactive throughout 2003-04.
After two relatively obscure seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves (2004-06), on April 12, 2007, the Denver Nuggets signed Carter for the remainder of the season, after he started the year with Italy's Legea Scafati. He was waived by the team on August 29, and re-signed two days later.
On December 20, 2007, Carter hit a runner in the lane with 0.8 seconds left in double overtime against the Houston Rockets, which gave the Nuggets a 112-111 win. In that season, he broke every individual statistic record, averaging a career-high 8 ppg, while starting all but three of the games he appeared in, while recording an impressive 28 blocked shots for the season.
"I Have a Dream" Foundation
While Anthony Carter was in fifth grade at Fred A. Toomer Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia, his class was adopted by the "I Have a Dream" Foundation. In 2003, Carter was appointed as the first-ever spokesperson for the foundation.