“Every year, I gauge it at how I feel at the end of the year. The problem is I feel pretty darn good at the end of every year,” he said. “The media and the fans can be cruel saying, ‘You’re older. You’re playing against guys half your age. You shouldn’t be out here.’ For me, that is my goal to prove that I can do that.”

Carter signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks in the offseason.