With the average age of an NBA player being 26.5 years old, the league's veteran players definitely deserve props. Older NBA players lose athleticism and energy, but experience and talent keep them competing with younger players. Seasoned vets also have higher basketball IQs and make great leaders for their teams. Who are the best current NBA veterans playing today?
Players like Andre Iguodala, Pau Gasol, and Jamal Crawford have been plying their trade for years, competing at the sport's top level long past the age when many other talented players had hung up their sneakers for the last time. NBA players over 35 are rare, but there are more every year as training and conditioning get better and players extend their careers deeper into their 30s and in some cases 40s (looking at you, Vince Carter).
Vote for the best NBA old players currently playing in the league. Keep in mind that the following active NBA veterans are 35 and over and have played at least five seasons. After you're finished with this list, head on over and check out the oldest active NFL players.
Aaron Jamal Crawford (born March 20, 1980) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for basketball powerhouse Rainier Beach High School in Seattle and then the University of Michigan. He made his NBA debut in 2000 for the Chicago Bulls, who acquired him from the Cleveland Cavaliers on draft day. He would later play for the New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Clippers, and Minnesota Timberwolves. Having earned NBA Sixth Man of the Year honors in 2010 and 2014 and again in 2016, Crawford is the first ever three-time winner of the award. He ...more on Wikipedia
Position: Point guard, Shooting guard
Age: age 37
Teams: Free agent
Kyle Elliot Korver (born March 17, 1981) is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Creighton Bluejays and was drafted in the second round of the 2003 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets. He was immediately traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. After four and a half seasons in Philadelphia, he was traded to the Utah Jazz. During his first stint with the Jazz, in 2009–10, Korver shot 53.6 percent from three-point range, which set an NBA single-season three-point field goal accuracy record. In 2010, he joined the Chicago Bulls. In 2012, he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks, where in 2015, he ...more on Wikipedia
Position: Shooting guard, Small forward
Age: age 36
Teams: Milwaukee Bucks
Pau Gasol Sáez (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈpaw ɣəˈzɔl], Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpau ɣaˈsol]; born July 6, 1980) is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a six-time NBA All-Star and a four-time All-NBA selection, twice on the second team and twice on the third team. Gasol has won two NBA championships, both with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2002 with the Memphis Grizzlies, and is one of only three non-American NBA players to have won that award. He is the older brother of fellow NBA player Marc Gasol. Gasol was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the third overall pick in the ...more on Wikipedia
Position: Power forward, Center
Age: age 36
Teams: Free agent
Andre Tyler Iguodala ( ig-wə-DAH-lə; born January 28, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The swingman was an NBA All-Star in 2012 and has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Team twice. He won three NBA championships with the Golden State Warriors, and was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2015. He was also a member of the United States national team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2012 Summer Olympics, winning the gold medal both times. Iguodala played college basketball with the Arizona Wildcats. After earning first-team all-conference honors in the Pac-10 (known now as the ...more on Wikipedia
Position: Small forward
Teams: Memphis Grizzlies