As of writing, the record-holder for the oldest player to have ever played in the league is Nat Hickey of the Providence Steamrollers. The 5-foot-11 guard made his debut at 45 years of age during the 1947-48 season. Interestingly, he was the coach of the Steamrollers at that time, and apparently, he had a strong urge to play for his own team. And so he did by activating himself for two games. Anyway, that happened way before the NBA was established (he played in the BAA league), and while he is technically the oldest player to have made his debut, we’re sticking with NBA guys for our list today.
The players we listed below were far from Hickey’s 45-year-young debut, but they were still pretty old considering the average age in the NBA’s modern era. So without further adieu, below are the Top 5 oldest players to have made their NBA debut.
5. Cheap Antoine Rigaudeau Jersey, Dallas Mavericks (31 Years, 33 days)
Date of debut: January 19, 2003
Stat Line: zero points, one rebound, one steal, and two turnovers in six minutes of action
Rigadeau, a French basketball legend who is widely considered as one of the best ever players to have hailed from France, ended up playing for just 11 games for the Mavs before he was traded (and eventually waived) months after his debut in a multi-player deal with the Golden State Warriors.
GAME NIGHT FROM THE UNITED CENTER: Dallas(2-3, 1-2 on the road) at Bulls (2-4, 0-3 at home) 7PM.
RADIO: 670 THE SCORE: Chuck Swirsky and Cheap Bill Wennington Jersey: 6:45 pre.
TV: NBCSC: Adam Amin and Stacey King: 7PM
LEADING SCORERS: Bulls: LaVine: 22ppg. Mavs: Doncic: 24ppg
LEADING REBOUNDERS: Bulls: Carter: 7 per. Mavs: Doncic: 7per.
LEADING ASSISTS: Bulls: White: 5 per. Mavs: Doncic: 6 per.
CCI PREVIEW: The Bulls make a quick stop at the United Center before starting a four game road trip Tuesday in Portland.
The undermanned Bulls will need to play a solid game against a Dallas club led by MVP candidate Cheap Luka Doncic Jersey who leads the Mavs in scoring, rebounding and assists. The Mavs are playing without Cheap Kristaps Porzingis Jersey who has been sidelined with a knee injury after undergoing surgery. He’s expected to return to action soon. If the Mavs expect to make any kind of noise in the rugged Western Conference, Porzingis MUST be healthy and ready to roll when the playoffs start in mid May.
Doncic is questionable for tonight’s game with a left quad contusion.
Without question the Bulls are hurting with the loss of Chandler Hutchison, Lauri Markkanen, Tomas Satoransky and Ryan Arcidiacono. The Bulls are experiencing the unfortunate side of life in these Covid-19 days. It’s next man up and that’s how teams have to approach it. Pro sports is an unforgiving industry. You win. You lose.
Wendell Carter Jr. is finding a nice rhythm to his game and is shooting 71% over his last four outings, averaging 15 points and 8 rebounds.