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Top 5 NBA Players aged over 35 entering the 2021-22 season

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#3 Kyle Lowry

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Kyle Lowry looks to make a play vs the Dallas Mavericks

Kyle Lowry played as the starting point guard for the Toronto Raptors. As a part of the championship squad that won the title in the 2019 NBA Finals, Lowry brings championship pedigree with him into the 2021-22 NBA season.

Lowry is a tough point guard who can score and create for his team. He averaged 17.2 points, 7.3 assists and 5.4 rebounds with the Raptors last season. At the age of 35, those are incredible numbers from a starting point guard. Lowry is also a six-time NBA All-Star.

Entering the 2021-22 season, Lowry will be joining Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo on the Miami Heat roster. Lowry's mindset and approach to the game perfectly assimilates with the brand of basketball played by the team.

Lowry was acquired in a trade with Toronto which involved sending Dragic and Precious Achiuwa in exchange. With this acquisition, Miami has bolstered their lineup with a crafty veteran point guard and are emerging as instant title contenders.


#2 Chris Paul

Chris Paul brings the ball up at the Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns game
Chris Paul brings the ball up at the Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns game

Chris Paul is known by many as a "Point God" and is rated as one of the best point guards in the league, even now. Paul was drafted in 2005 and has effectively been one of the most consistent guards in the league.

Paul's genius level basketball IQ and expansive skill set makes him a great asset for any team he is on. In his short stint with the Oklahoma City Thunder, he led the young team to the NBA Playoffs. In the 2020-21 season, he and the Phoenix Suns had their first NBA Finals appearance since 1993.

Paul averaged 16.4 points and 8.9 rebounds last season. His ability to run the floor and direct traffic is truly elite. At the age of 36, the sheer experience that Paul has is enough to be a contributing factor to a team.

With his natural leadership skills paired with the competitive drive brought on by the Finals loss, the Phoenix Suns made a great decision to sign him and keep him on board for the franchise's future.


#1 LeBron James

LeBron James looks on at the Los Angeles Lakers v Utah Jazz game
LeBron James looks on at the Los Angeles Lakers v Utah Jazz game

Even at the age of 36, LeBron James still enters the discussion for top five players in the NBA. He has maintained a standard of brilliance over the course of his career that is hard to replicate.

As one of the biggest names in basketball, LeBron has always had to perform on the big stage. With ten total NBA finals appearances, eight of which were consecutive, LeBron has also walked away with four NBA Championships. Having been to the dance so many times, James' experiences with playoff atmospheres don't faze him as he keeps his eyes on the title.

James, this late in his 18-year career, is still a perennial All-Star. For the 2020-21 season, he averaged 25 points, 7.7 rebounds and 7.8 assists. As one of the most versatile players in NBA history, LeBron does a lot more than just contribute to games.

The Lakers are looking to make a title run in the 2021-22 season after signing some talented veterans. With LeBron looking to win with the limited time on his side, we can expect big things for the season.


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Edited by Arnav Kholkar
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