Real-Life Uncle Drews: Top 5 All-Time NBA Players at 40+
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leader in points, still put up decent numbers after turning 40 on April 16 1987.
He contributed 19.2 PPG, 6.8 RPG and 1.9 BPG in 31 minutes during that year’s Playoffs, helping his Lakers get another championship.
In 1987-88, he started all 80 of his games, averaging 14.6 PPG, 6 RPG and 1.2 BPG in 28 minutes. He followed that up with another successful Playoff run at age 41, adding 14.1 PPG, 5.5 RPG and 1.5 BPG in 29 minutes.
In his final season, he again started all of the games he played in (74), averaging 10.1 PPG, 4.5 RPG and 1.1 BPG in 23 minutes. During his final Playoffs run at age 42, he averaged 11.1 PPG and 3.9 RPG in 23.4 minutes, again starting in all of his games. This wasn’t enough to get the Lakers their 3rd straight championship, but they did make it to the Finals to get swept by Isiah Thomas’ Pistons.