By my count, there have been nine NBA players who have made an All-NBA roster in their age-35 season or older, almost all of whom are centers. A healthy LeBron James will likely join that list this season, and he has a real chance to join Tim Duncan as the only among them to capture First Team All-NBA honors.
More importantly, LeBron is in the midst of the greatest age-35 or older campaign ever, and it is not close.
He is averaging 25.9 points (57.5 true shooting percentage), a league-high 10.6 assists, 7.4 rebounds and 1.9 combined blocks and steals in 34.7 minutes per game for the first-place Los Angeles Lakers (24-4). He is among the top five MVP candidates, has not missed a game, and ranks sixth in player efficiency (26.8) behind only Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, James Harden, Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns.
The other All-NBA geezers: Wilt Chamberlain, John Havlicek, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon, Karl Malone, David Robinson, Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan and Steve Nash. You will notice Nash as the lone point guard of the bunch. Nash twice led the NBA in assists per game after turning 35, as LeBron is doing now — but James has greater responsibility in every aspect of the game. The others, save for maybe Hondo, could all survive around the rim or as pick-and-pop options with little use for defending the perimeter.
Here are the best statistical seasons those other nine guys submitted at 35 or older, compared to Lebron:
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