Longest active NBA player entering 2022-23 and in league history originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
They say age is just a number, but that number is very important if you are an NBA player.
Few players manage to stay until the age of 40. There is not Tom Brady or Zdeno Chara in the NBA, as legends rarely play in their mid-40s. The current crop of older NBA players is relatively young, but there are still a few out there that are still making an impact on NBA rosters.
Here are some of the oldest NBA players entering the 2022-23 season and league history:
Who is the oldest active player in the NBA?
1. Udonis Haslem, 42 years old
Remembered for his days as an enforcer on the Big 3 Miami Heat in early 2010, Udonis Haslem is still playing for the Heat. He has been with Miami since signing as an undrafted free agent in 2003, making him the longest-serving player in franchise history.
Haslem recently signed a one-year contract worth $2.9 million to return to Miami for its 20th season. Joining Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks as the only NBA players to play 20 or more seasons in a single franchise.
2. André Iguodala, 38 years old
Andre Iguodala’s status for the 2022-23 season is still uncertain, but the Warriors of the Golden State made it clear that there is a casting spot available for him if she chooses to return for the next season.
O 2015 NBA Finals MVP began his career in 2004 with the Sixers, playing eight seasons in Philadelphia before one year with the Denver Nuggets and seven with the Warriors.
A three-time All-Defense, one-time All-Star, Iggy averaged 11.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 1,223 regular season games.
3. Carmelo António, 38 years old
Just a few years ago, it seemed unlikely that Carmelo Anthony would make this list. The third pick in the 2003 draft, Anthony spent his first 14 seasons with the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks. After a disappointing 2017-18 season with the Oklahoma City Thunder and a brief stint with James Harden’s Houston Rockets in 2018, Anthony joined LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers and are looking for their first title after averaging 23.0 points per game in their first 18 seasons.
4. LeBron James, 37 years old
As LeBron James continues to fill out his resume among the greatest players of all time, he continues to climb the list of the NBA’s oldest active players. James’ accolades in 18 NBA seasons are notable – 17 All-Star appearances, 17 All-NBA appearances, six All-Defensive Teams, four MVPs, four titles, and four Finals MVPs. He is also on his way to becoming the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, just 3,020 points behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
The only thing King James is playing these days is more championships. In 19 years with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers, James averaged 27.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.4 assists in 1,366 regular season games. James, who turns 38 in December, may need to start slowing down in the regular season to save his body for the playoffs after sustaining significant injuries in two of the last three seasons.
5. Paul Millsap, 37 years old
A second-round pick in 2006, Paul Millsap has surpassed all expectations throughout his 15-year career. His first seven seasons with the Utah Jazz were solid as he became a starting-caliber forward. Everything changed when he signed with the Atlanta Hawks in 2013. He was an All-Star every year he played for the Hawks, averaging 17.4 points and 8.3 rebounds in four seasons.
Millsap’s emergence with the Hawks paid off when he signed a three-year, $90 million contract with the Denver Nuggets in 2017. He’s never had the same success in four seasons with Denver, transitioning into a supporting role. . Millsap joined the Brooklyn Nets on a one-year deal last year but was part of a deal that sent him and Harden from the Nets to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Who is the oldest NBA player of all time?
1. Nat Hickey, 45 years old
The oldest NBA player of all time dates back to 1948. Nat Hickey coached the Providence Steamrollers in the 1947-48 season, but moved to the active roster after the team started with a score of 4-25. He played just two games just before his 46th birthday, scoring a two-point total, committing five fouls and kicking a combined 0-6 off the field in two losses.
The numbers are ugly, but just stepping on the ground Hickey set a record that still stands over 73 years later.
2. Kevin Willis, 44 years old
Unlike Hickey, Kevin Willis had a long NBA career before retiring at age 44 in 2007. Willis’ career began in 1984 when the Atlanta Hawks selected him at 11th place overall. He remained at Atlanta until 1994, averaging 14.1 points and 9.7 rebounds in 11 seasons. In 1992, Willis was named to his only All-Star Game after averaging 18.3 points and 15.5 rebounds that season.
After being traded to the Heat in 1994, Willis spent the second half of his career bouncing around as a solid player. He later played for the Warriors, Houston Rockets (twice), Toronto Raptors, Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs, Hawks (again) and Dallas Mavericks. Willis won a title with the Spurs in 2003, averaging 2.6 points in 18 playoff games when he was 40 years old.
3. Robert Parish, 43 years old
Robert Parish played to an older age than any NBA player who made it into the Basketball Hall of Fame, retiring in 1997, just short of his 44th birthday. The Chief began his career with the Warriors, playing four seasons at The Bay before being traded to the Boston Celts, Parish spent the next 14 seasons in Boston, winning three titles and being named an All-Star 14 times. Along with Larry Bird and Kevin McHale, Parish helped form one of the first “Big 3’s” in NBA history.
Parish’s last three NBA seasons were spent as a reserve. He played with the Charlotte Hornets behind Alonzo Mourning for two years, then ended his career in 1996-97 playing with Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and the Chicago Bulls. He appeared in just two playoff games at age 43, but the Bulls won the NBA Finals and Parish received his fourth ring before officially retiring that summer. Parish is the oldest player to win a championship.
4. Vince Carter, 43 years old
Vinsanity. Half man, half awesome. Air Canada.
Over the course of his 22-year career, Vince Carter has gone through many transformations. Carter shone with the Raptors in his early years, with iconic moments at the Slam Dunk Contest and the 2000 Sydney Olympics. After a messy departure from Toronto and subsequent trade to the then New Jersey Nets, he slowly evolved from a superstar to a football player. paper.
Carter spent time with the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks before finally retiring in 2020. With the COVID-19 pandemic looming, Carter entered what would be his last game in March 2020 and dunked a 3-point ball in final possession of the Hawks’ loss. He will likely join Parish in the Basketball Hall of Fame once he is eligible.
5. Dikembe Mutombo, 43 years old
Before starring in an unforgettable commercial, Dikembe Mutombo was an NBA Hall of Famer. He was drafted 4th overall by the Nuggets in 1991, playing five seasons in Denver before signing with the Hawks in 1996. In nine full seasons with the Nuggets and Hawks, Mutombo averaged 12.7 points, 12.3 rebounds. and 3.6 blocks per game while winning Defensive Player of the Year four times.
Mutombo was traded to the Sixers in 2001, joining the team just in time for their run to the 2001 NBA Finals. His game dropped sharply in the following years due to injuries and age. The final years of Mutombo’s career were spent with the Nets, Knicks and Rockets before retiring in 2009 at age 43. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.