Real-Life Uncle Drews: Top 5 All-Time NBA Players at 40+
The NBA’s all-time assists leader John Stockton turned 40 at the end of the 2001-02 season, but still had some game left for the Playoffs, as well as his next and final season.
During the 2002 post-season, his Jazz lost 3-1 in the first round to the best Sacramento Kings team on record with Mike Bibby, Chris Webber and Peja Stojakovic, who many think got cheated out of a Finals appearance by biased officiating. Despite the early exit, Stockton averaged 12.5 PPG and 10 APG in 35 minutes.
The 2002-03 season, he played 27.7 minutes, putting up 10.8 PPG and 7.7 APG. His final Playoff run saw another first round exit against the Kings, but the 41-year old point guard put up 11.2 PPG and 5.2 APG in 30 minutes.