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NBA Players Who Retired In 2018 

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Updated July 9, 2019 2.8k votes 741 voters 14.8k views 7 items

UPDATED: Check out the best NBA players who retired in 2019!

Of all the NBA players who retired in 2018, who are you sad to see go? With each passing season, plenty of newcomers join the league as wide-eyed rookies, while long-time veterans hang up their shoes and hit the showers for good. Whether they're finishing their careers as top NBA players or calling it quits after a few tough seasons, all these basketball players retiring in 2018 have given the game their all. 

This year, we're seeing some great NBA stars leave the court forever—at least as players. On August 27, 2018, San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginóbili announced his retirement. With four NBA championships, the 2008 Sixth Man of the Year finished his career as a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Other NBA players who retiring in 2018 include Mo Williams, Nick Collison, and Roy Hibbert.

Take a look at the recently retired NBA players list below and vote up the basketball stars you'll miss most, or those you think contributed the most to the game. You can also take a guess at who is going to be retiring next on the 2019 athlete retirement pool list.

Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list NBA Players Who Retired In 2018
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4× NBA champion (2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)

2× NBA All-Star (2005, 2011)

2× All-NBA Third Team (2008, 2011)

NBA Sixth Man of the Year (2008)

NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2003)

San Antonio Spurs (2002–2018)

Position: Shooting guard

Age: 42

Birthplace: Bahía Blanca, Argentina

Number: 20

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David West is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list NBA Players Who Retired In 2018
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2× NBA champion (2017, 2018)

2× NBA All-Star (2008, 2009)

AP National Player of the Year (2003)

New Orleans Hornets (2003–2011)

Indiana Pacers (2011–2015)

San Antonio Spurs (2015–2016)

Golden State Warriors (2016–2018)

Position: Power forward

Age: 39

Birthplace: Teaneck, New Jersey

Number: 21

Teams: New Orleans Pelicans

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Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list NBA Players Who Retired In 2018
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NBA champion (2014)

NBA Most Improved Player (2006)

Atlanta Hawks (2003–2005)

Phoenix Suns (2005–2008)

Charlotte Bobcats (2008–2012)

San Antonio Spurs (2012-2016)

Utah Jazz (2016-2017)

Position: Point guard, Power forward, Center

Age: 37

Birthplace: Cormeilles-en-Parisis, France

Number: 33

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks

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Mo Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list NBA Players Who Retired In 2018
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NBA champion (2016)

NBA All-Star (2009)

Utah Jazz (2003–2004; 2012–2013)

Milwaukee Bucks (2004–2008)

Cleveland Cavaliers (2008–2011; 2015-2016)

Los Angeles Clippers (2011–2012)

Portland Trail Blazers (2013–2014)

Minnesota Timberwolves (2014–2015)

Charlotte Hornets (2015)

Position: Point guard

Age: 37

Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi

Number: 5

Teams: Utah Jazz, Milwaukee Bucks

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