Anthony Bernard Carter (born June 16, 1975 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Denver Nuggets.
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.