Fredrick James Carter (born February 14, 1945) is an American former professional basketball player and coach.
A 6' 3" guard from Mount St. Mary's University, Carter was selected by the Baltimore Bullets in the third round of the 1969 NBA Draft. He played eight seasons (1969–1977) in the NBA as a member of the Bullets, Philadelphia 76ers, and Milwaukee Bucks, scoring 9,271 career points. Carter was the leading scorer on the 1973 Sixers team that lost an NBA record 73 of 82 regular-season games. He later became the assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, Washington Bullets, and Philadelphia 76ers before becoming the head coach of the Sixers for almost two seasons, from late-1992 to mid-1994.
Following his tenure with the Sixers, Carter began a successful career as a basketball analyst for ESPN. During his time as co-host of "the NBA 2Night" he was known for his claim of being "the best player on the worst team in NBA history." He is currently an analyst on NBA TV.
On December 1, 2007, Carter had his jersey, number "33", retired at halftime of the Mount St. Mary's v. Loyola men's basketball game at Coach Jim Phelan Court in Knott Arena in Emmitsburg, MD. A crowd of over 2,000, mixed with Mount and Loyola students, Mount and Loyola alumni, and Emmitsburg residents cheered the "Mad Dog" for his importance to not only the men's basketball program, but the integration of the school back in the 1960s, as Carter became the first African-American student on the campus when he began attending school there.
He is also known for popularizing the "fist bump."
By Dean Hanley
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