OLDEST PLAYERS IN NBA HISTORY
PlayerPos.Last TeamSeasonAge
Nat HickeyFProvidence1947-4846
Robert ParishCChicago1996-9743
Kareem Abdul-JabbarCL.A. Lakers1988-8942
Bob CousyGCincinnati1969-7042
Herb WilliamsCNew York1998-9941
Charles JonesCHouston1997-9841
John StocktonGUtah2002-0341
NEW YORK, March 26 -- Utah Jazz point guard John Stockton turns 41 today, becoming only the seventh player in NBA history to play at that age. As the all-time leader in assists and steals, a 10-time All-Star, one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History and a loyalist to the short shorts set, Stockton is in his 19th season with the Jazz, and is averaging 11.1 points, 7.6 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 27.9 minutes per game.

Nat Hickey holds the distinction of being the oldest player ever to play in a game, lacing up his basketball shoes at age 46 for the Providence Steamrollers during the 1947-48 season. But the 5-10 forward played in only one contest that season, missing all six of his field goal attempts and tallying five fouls in a performance that confirmed his age.

Bob Cousy entered the record book as the oldest guard ever to play in a game when he logged seven games for the Cincinnati Royals in 1969-70 at age 41. Not having played since 1962-63 with the Boston Celtics, the “Houdini of the Hardwood” performed little magic in his return, playing ineffectively and averaging only 0.7 points and 1.4 assists in 4.9 minutes per game as a player-coach.


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