The Hawks went 20-47 before the National Basketball Association went on hiatus and were not among the 22 clubs who qualified to compete in the National Basketball Association restart bubble starting in July at Orlando, ending their season and Carter's career.
"I'm officially done playing basketball professionally", Carter told co-host Annie Finberg. He made eight consecutive All-Star teams from 2000-07.
Carter (43) was the No 5 overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft and played his first six-plus seasons with the Toronto Raptors, winning the Rookie of the Year award in 1999 and the NBA Dunk Contest in 2000.
"Making my last shot helped the situation", Carter said. I've always been a guy where I believe, I've trusted all the work (I've put in) and I hadn't been shooting the ball well in my opinion all year, but when it came down to a shot I needed to make, it was like second nature and I had done it before. It'd have felt a little different.
Basketball fans in Toronto have been taking to social media all day to share fond memories of Carter playing for the Raptors, with some even saying he's the reason they learned to love the sport as a child.
He had previously said the 2019-20 National Basketball Association campaign would be his last but had not addressed his playing status since the league suspended its season in mid-March due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Carter had previously announced that the one-year deal he signed with the Atlanta Hawks for the 2019-2020 season would be his last.
The moment was not lost on Atlanta fans, who chanted "We want Vince!" repeatedly with 19.5 seconds left in overtime and with the Knicks' victory clearly decided.
Vince Carter of the Toronto Raptors dunks in the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest at the The Arena in Oakland, February 12, 2000. Carter is hanging up the kicks after 22 seasons despite still being able to get to the rim over the age of 40. It's safe to say no one is going to touch this dunk from Vinsanity. "Obviously you're anxious about family, friends.as you go further on, there's always going to be somebody close to you or pretty close by way of somebody that's been affected by it".