Top 5 NBA Ballers Over 35-Years Old.
Top 5 NBA Ballers Over 35-Years Old
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: To ball in the NBA past 35 you got to have game and these 5 guys definitely do.
These rankings are based on current productivity levels and not players’ overall career stats. This means if a player used to average 24 PPG, but now only drops in 3.8 PPG, he doesn’t get credit in this rankings for what he used to do 15-years ago. Old Father Time can be cruel, but to these ballers he’s gifted them the dream of playing in the NBA late into their 30s, and some into their 40s.
#5 Grant Hill (40-years old. BD: 10/5/72). Hill is in his 40s and still finding a way to make it happen. He’s unquestionably lost a step or two and definitely not the explosive threat he was with the Piston’s in his youth, but his strong fundamentals and leadership skills make him a perfect match for many teams around the league that are heavy with youth and light on maturity. Hill is a great fit for his current team the Los Angeles Clippers, but with his numbers down to (3.8 PPG, 1.0 APG, 1.8 RPG, shooting 37% from the field), this is one veteran that is due to retire.
#4 MarcusCamby (38-years old. BD: 3/22/74). Camby is one of those players I’m surprised to see make it this long in the NBA. His defensive prowess is definitely a force, but his questionable attitude at time in his career make the longevity of his time in the NBA even more impressive. He’s still a presence underneath getting 1.0 BPK and 3.5 RPG, but this is drastically down from his career numbers of 2.8 BPG, and 9.8 RPG.
#3 Derek Fisher (38-years old. BD 8/9/74). Fisher’s career looked like it was over when he was cut from the Oklahoma City Thunder last season, but he eventually found a home in Dallas before ending up back in Oklahoma by mid-season this year. Fisher is unquestionably slow. He is a potential defensive liability on the perimeter against quicker guards, but he’s also strong, a great leader, and most importantly a clutch shooter. He may only get you 5.9 PPG, 1.9 APG, 1.2 RPG, on 36% shooting, but he could very likely drop in the 2-points that wins you the game as time expires. This is one veteran baller I believe has a couple more years left in him.
#2. Jason Kidd (39 years old. BD: 3/23/73). Kidd is a point guard built fo a longer career because he doesn’t base his game on quickness. He’s a tall point guard that is valuable for his passing and rebounding. His move to the Knicks definitely ruffled some feathers in Dallas where he won his championship, but he’s proven to be a valuable leader in New York (6.6 PPG, 3.4 APG, 4.1 RPG, shooting 37% from the field).
#1. Steve Nash (39 years old. BD: 2/7/74). Nash is practically in his 40s and still slicing apart the NBA at the position most demanding of quickness. He may have lost half-a-step in his lateral movement, but he still knows how to play the pick-and-roll game better than almost anyone. Plus, his outside shot is lethal. His numbers have dipped a bit this season since he’s become a Laker (12 PPG, 6.8 APG, shooting 43% from 3-point range, and 50% from the field), but he still knows how to get the job done.
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