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The Best NBA Players Who Retired In 2019

Updated November 5, 2019 4.1k votes 543 voters 10.1k views13 items

List RulesVote up the best NBA players who retired In 2019

Just because an NBA player retires does not mean their legacy won’t live on. The average career length for NBA players is 4.8 years, according to Business Insider. Most of the NBA players on this list have played for much longer than the average. In this time they have played through countless injuries and made an impact on the game. Look to the retired numbers on each team to get an idea of the most memorable players to play on the court.

Surefire Hall of Famers like Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki, among the best basketball players of all time, announced they were stepping away earlier this year, while players like Gerald Henderson Jr. and Al Jefferson have been away from the game for years but are only now making their retirements official.

Such short careers ensure prominent players in the NBA players retire every year. Look to this list for a running record of basketball players retiring in 2019. Check back regularly to see if older NBA players like Vince Carter retire this year. Vote up the players who declared their retirement in 2019 and had the biggest impact on the game during their career.

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  • Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Retired In 2019
    Photo: Keith Allison / Wikimedia Commons

    NBA Champion (2011)
    NBA Finals MVP (2011)
    NBA Most Valuable Player (2007)
    14× NBA All-Star (2002–2012, 2014, 2015, 2019)
    4× All-NBA First Team (2005–2007, 2009)
    5× All-NBA Second Team (2002, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2011)
    3× All-NBA Third Team (2001, 2004, 2012)
    50–40–90 Club (2007)
    NBA Three-Point Shootout Champion (2006)
    NBA Teammate of the Year (2017)

    • Position: Power forward
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Birthplace: Würzburg, Germany
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  • Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Retired In 2019
    Photo: Keith Allison / Wikimedia Commons

    3× NBA Champion (2006, 2012, 2013)
    NBA Finals MVP (2006)
    13× NBA All-Star (2005–2016, 2019)
    NBA All-Star Game MVP (2010)
    2× All-NBA First Team (2009, 2010)
    3× All-NBA Second Team (2005, 2006, 2011)
    3× All-NBA Third Team (2007, 2012, 2013)
    3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2005, 2009, 2010)
    NBA Scoring Champion (2009)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2004)

    • Position: Point guard, Shooting guard
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois
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  • 4× NBA Champion (2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)
    NBA Finals MVP (2007)
    6× NBA All-Star (2006, 2007, 2009, 2012–2014)
    3× All-NBA Second Team (2012–2014)
    All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge Winner (2012)
    All-NBA Third Team (2009)
    All-Star Game Sophomore Team (2003)
    All-Star Game Rookie Team (2002)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2002)

    • Position: Point guard
    • Nationality: France
    • Birthplace: Bruges, Belgium
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  • 3× NBA Champion (2015, 2017, 2018)

    • Position: Point guard
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois
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