5 Future NBA Hall of Famers Who Will Call It Quits at Season's End
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If we have learned one thing in the beginning of this shortened, condensed season, it is the fact that youth is a necessity for NBA success: Just look at the veteran-filled Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks. Both teams are struggling immensely with the up-tempo game that the NBA has evolved into.
With blossoming stars Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose leading the way, we are welcoming in a new generation of NBA superstars. But with every young, up-and-coming star ready to start their career, there is an old veteran waiting to hang it up.
Just this past offseason, we have seen the demise of the careers of sharpshooter Peja Stojakovic, former first overall pick Joe Smith, long-time Cavalier Zydrunas Ilgauskas, the athletic Antonio McDyess and the miraculous Shaquille O'Neal.
This year will be no different.
A new group of elder statesmen in the NBA will decide to hang up their legendary careers. Here are my five future Hall of Fame players who will call it quits before next season.
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Even though Jason Kidd denies that he will retire any time soon, the days of the career of this legendary point guard are definitely numbered, according to SlamOnline.com.
After 10 NBA All-Star game appearances, six All-NBA team nominations and a championship, there is absolutely nothing more the former University of California star can achieve. With successful tenures with the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey Nets, Kidd has given NBA fans countless memorable moments.
Kidd is an absolute lock as a top five point guard of all time, and I doubt that the 38-year-old-point guard will play beyond this year, especially with the Dallas Mavericks taking a huge stride back in their level of play.
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A few weeks ago, Ray Allen appeared on a Boston radio-show and hinted at the possibility of retirement if he is not in a Boston Celtics uniform in the future (via Weei).
With the Boston Celtics looking less and less competitive with each passing game, the end of the Boston Tea Party could be on the horizon. From their lousy start to the season to the loss of Jeff Green, Celtics' General Manager Danny Ainge may even compose a trade at the deadline to stay competitive.
If Danny Ainge and the front office do decide to split up the current core, expect Allen to retire immediately.
If Ray Allen walks away from the game, he will leave the legacy of being the greatest shooter of all time. Not only does he hold the record of three-point field goals made in a career, but he has nailed numerous buzzer-beaters from deep in his 15-year stint.
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Coming out of the University of Duke, many dubbed Grant Hill "the next Michael Jordan." Even though he never fully lived up the hype or potential he possessed, Grant Hill has had a fantastic career nonetheless.
However, his career is definitely coming to an abrupt end. For starters Hill is the second oldest player in the entire NBA. Even with Phoenix's ridiculously talented medical staff, a 39-year-old will definitely feel the pain that comes with playing a condensed 66-game season.
Plus, Grant Hill is playing for absolutely nothing right now in Phoenix. The Suns are far from contention in the Western Conference and are about to start a complete rebuilding process.
Grant Hill will call it quits before next season.
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- Fourteen NBA All-Star appearances
- Four All-NBA First Teams nominations
- Three All-NBA Second Teams nominations
- Two All-NBA Third Teams nominations
- Nine All-NBA Defensive Teams nominations
- One NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award
- One-time NBA Most Valuable Player
- One-time NBA Champion
Is there any doubt that Kevin Garnett will be introduced into the NBA Hall of Fame one day?
After a fantastic NBA career that started in 1995 when the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Garnett with the fifth overall pick, the "Big Ticket" may finally be on his way out of the NBA.
The past few seasons, KG has been a shell of his former self and looks a bit sluggish. He doesn't get up and down the court like used to, and he lacks the explosiveness that made him such a factor in Minnesota and the early part of his tenure with the Celtics.
I don't believe Garnett will waste his time on a mediocre squad, as the Boston Celtics are losing a considerable amount of ground on the powerhouse teams in the Eastern Conference. I completely believe the NBA will be KG-less for the first time since 1994.
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Tim Duncan is arguably the greatest power forward of all time. After being selected by the Spurs with the first overall pick, "the Big Fundamental" has brought four NBA championships, two NBA MVP trophies and numerous fantastic memories to the city of San Antonio.
However, his time in the NBA is about to expire. Last year Duncan saw his rebounding average slip below ten for the first time in his career. Plus, his scoring average took a huge dip from 17.9 points per game to 13.4, while only logging 28.4 minutes per game.
Sure, one can blame the low statistics on the fact that the Spurs surrounded him with talent to reduce the pressure for Duncan to produce, but how many years does Timmy still have in the tank?
Duncan has proven to be pretty durable throughout his tenure in the NBA. However, with the Spurs probably going to enter a rebuilding process, I don't see Duncan wanting to endure the rigors of an NBA season without a legitamate shot at postseason success.