The NBA’s 75th anniversary season is here and there are a number of active players who have made significant contributions to the league over several decades.
This season, the league’s senior statesmen are a unique group that were once household names, and in a very unique case, they are still arguably the best player in the league despite being in their nineteenth season. Hint: it’s LeBron James.
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LeBron, one of the NBA’s five oldest players in the 2021-22 season, is only beginning to single out a special group of players who can fill very specific roles this upcoming season.
Who are the oldest players in the NBA? Below, learn more about how unique the circumstances surrounding the league’s most seasoned veterans are.
Who are the oldest players in the NBA?
Udonis Haslem (41), Heat
Haslem, 41, was born in 1980 and is by far the oldest player in the league. Going into his 19th season with Miami, Haslem is behind only Kobe Bryant (20) and Dirk Nowitzki (21) for most seasons with a single franchise.
He may have appeared in a total of just three minutes last season, but Haslem is a key figure in the Heat locker room and will always be remembered for his part in each of the franchise’s three NBA titles.
Andre Iguodala (37), Warriors
After two seasons away, Iguodala is back at The Bay, where he won three NBA titles and was named Finals MVP in 2015.
The Warriors are very talented on the wing, but Iguodala, 37, is a smart veteran who can play a key role as a perimeter defender and playmaker on offense. Iguodala averaged 21.3 minutes of playing time in 63 games (five starts) with the Heat last season.
Carmelo Anthony (37), Lakers
If it weren’t for his new teammate, Anthony would be by far the most successful member on this list. A ten-time All-Star, a six-time All-NBA and a one-time scoring champion who currently ranks 10th on the league’s all-time scorers list, Anthony has pretty much done it all.
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Melo, one of two remaining members of the historic 2003 NBA Draft class (see the other below), enters his nineteenth NBA season with the goal of capturing an elusive NBA title. After averaging 13.4 points per game last season with the Trail Blazers, Anthony can play a big role in Los Angeles this season and could very well spend time in the starting lineup as a fourth tranche.
LeBron James (36), Lakers
It’s amazing to think that despite being 19 years old, LeBron is still at the top of the league.
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James, the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, ranked third in SN’s preseason player rankings behind players entering their 14th and eighth seasons, respectively. It’s not out of the question for James to claim top spot at the end of the season, which is crazy to think about what he’s done considering the mileage he’s put on his body over the past 18 years, including 10 trips to the Finals. of the NBA. .
Paul Millsap (36), Networks
Like another former All-Star in a title contender, Millsap has a chance to be an X factor for the Nets in his sixteenth NBA season.
As a member of the Nuggets last year, Millsap started in 36 of 56 possible games, averaging 9.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. In Brooklyn, Millsap could start on the front court alongside Blake Griffin or come off the bench and add a veteran presence with LaMarcus Aldridge, who ranks as the 10th oldest player in the NBA in the 2021-22 season.
10 Older Players Entering the 2021-22 NBA Season
Below you will find a list of the 10 oldest players entering the NBA season.
(Age at opening night of the 2021-22 NBA season)
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.