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Who are the oldest players entering the 2021-22 NBA season?

Udonis Haslem is returning to the Miami Heat for a 19th season.

Undrafted in 2002, Haslem joined the Heat as a 23-year-old rookie in 2003. 18 years later, the 41-year-old Haslem will be the league's oldest player on opening night of the 2021-22 NBA season, which is set for Oct. 19, 2021.

Who are the oldest players entering the 2021-22 NBA season? Below, find the 20 oldest players on opening night of the upcoming season.

Note: Free agents (e.g. JJ Redick and Anthony Tolliver) are not included

Oldest players entering the 2021-22 NBA season
Name Team Age* DOB NBA Exp.
Udonis Haslem Miami Heat 41 6/9/1980 19
Andre Iguodala Golden State Warriors 37 1/28/1984 17
Carmelo Anthony Los Angeles Lakers 37 5/29/1984 19
LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers 36 12/30/1984 19
Marc Gasol Los Angeles Lakers 36 1/29/1985 13
Paul Millsap Brooklyn Nets 36 2/10/1985 16
P.J. Tucker Miami Heat 36 5/5/1985 11
Chris Paul Phoenix Suns 36 5/6/1985 17
Taj Gibson New York Knicks 36 6/24/1985 13
Trevor Ariza Los Angeles Lakers 36 6/30/1985 18
LaMarcus Aldridge Brooklyn Nets 36 7/19/1985 15
Dwight Howard Los Angeles Lakers 35 12/8/1985 18
Rajon Rondo Los Angeles Lakers 35 2/22/1986 16
Kyle Lowry Miami Heat 35 3/25/1986 16
George Hill Milwaukee Bucks 35 5/4/1986 14
Goran Dragic Toronto Raptors 35 5/6/1986 14
Garrett Temple New Orleans Pelicans 35 5/8/1986 12
Al Horford Boston Celtics 35 6/3/1986 15
Rudy Gay Utah Jazz 35 8/17/1986 16
Jeff Green Denver Nuggets 35 8/28/1986 15

*Age on Oct. 19, 2021

Of note:

  • Anthony, Haslem and James lead the league in experience as they each enter their 19th season, the trio were teammates at the 2004 NBA Rookie Challenge
  • The Lakers have three of the league's five oldest players and six of the league's 12 oldest players
  • In addition to Haslem, Miami's P.J. Tucker lands in the league's top 10
  • Ariza, Howard and Iguodala are the three remaining members of the 2004 NBA Draft class
  • Haslem, who was born on June 9, 1980, began his professional career in France before San Antonio Spurs rookie Joshua Primo was born on Dec. 24, 2002

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