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The Oldest NBA Players Still Playing Today, Ranked

Updated January 9, 2020 8.0k votes 2.8k voters 63.9k views13 items

List RulesOnly current NBA players age 35 and over

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.

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  • LeBron James
    Photo: Lakers / Instagram
    LeBron Raymone James Sr. (; born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His accomplishments include three NBA championships, four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, three NBA Finals MVP Awards, and two Olympic gold medals. James has appeared in fifteen NBA All-Star Games and been named NBA All-Star MVP three times. He won the 2008 NBA scoring title, is the all-time NBA playoffs scoring leader, and is fourth in all-time career points scored. He has been voted onto the All-NBA First Team twelve times and the All-Defensive First Team five times. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest...  more
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    • Age: 36
    • Teams: Los Angeles Lakers
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  • 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
    • Position: Small forward
    • Age: 35
    • Teams: Memphis Grizzlies
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  • J. J. Redick
    Photo: New Orleans Pelicans / Instagram
    Jonathan Clay "JJ" Redick (born June 24, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected 11th overall by the Orlando Magic in the 2006 NBA draft. He played college basketball for the Duke Blue Devils. In college, Redick was known for his good three-point and free throw shooting. He set ACC records during his career for most points and most career ACC tournament points, though his ACC career points record was subsequently broken by UNC's Tyler Hansbrough in 2009. Redick is currently the all-time leading scorer for Duke. He also set several other Duke records, including most points in a single...  more
    • Position: Point guard, Shooting guard
    • Age: 36
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  • Jamal Crawford
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY
    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....  more
    • Position: Point guard, Shooting guard
    • Age: age 37
    • Teams: Free agent
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