With all the talk about the resurgence of a dominating Shaq, I thought it was time to put together an all-35 and over team.
I was a little surprised when I started researching to find only 17 active players over 35, although, there are a handful who will be over 35 next year, like Rasheed Wallace.
Six of the players who are actually active come from the Spurs and Suns, and they're all good players and ended up making 60 percent of my roster.
The problem I had with the list is that so many of those that qualify have been reduced to role players, like Juwan Howard, Eric Snow, Bobby Jackson, and Kevin Ollie. These guys may never have been All Stars, but they were starters and contributed to good teams.
I left these kinds of players off the roster, with one exception. Maybe I should have done an over-30 team to get better players on the roster, but I think if this team could stay healthy, they’d be competitive.
I just don’t think they’d make it through the year.
When I look at this team, I noticed a trend. None of the players are what you would have considered athletic jumpers, with maybe one exception. It’s mostly guys that barely have to jump to dunk or are primarily jump shooters.
Grant Hill could be the exception to this, but he’s missed so much of his career that that may be the reason he still’s playing, less wear on his body. That might be one of the keys to a long NBA career.
I guess that means we won’t see LeBron James or Gerald Wallace playing after they reach 35. Of course, sports medicine does get better every year, so you never know.
Okay, so onto the team, with their current averages for the year courtesy of NBA.com.
My starting center. He's been playing well, even if he's not as dominant as he was 10 years ago.
68 GS, 30.4 MPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.46 BPG, 18.2 PPG
Always a great defensive player, playing for a bad team. I moved him to PF because of Shaq. Seems like a good, big front line.
51 GS, 58 GP, 31.5 MPG, 11.3 RPG, 2.17 BPG, 10.6 PPG
He's played in every game this season. If that keeps up, it'll be the first time in his career. Still a very smart player.
GS 61, GP 75, 29.9 MPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.05 SPG, 11.7 PPG
Yes, I know he's not a two-guard, but the best two guards on the team are PGs, so I had to put one of them here. When you see the PG, I think you'll get why.
GS 74, 35.6 MPG, 6.2 RPG, 8.4 APG, 2.09 SPG, 9.1 PPG
The two-time MVP gets the nod at PG. I think he would manage this team well, with a lot of passes down to Shaq.
67 GS, 34.1 MPG, 9.7 APG, 15.7 PPG, 93.0 FT%
He found his niche with the Spurs, and has accepted his role well. He maybe should start at SG, but I couldn't bench Kidd or Nash.
69 GS, 73 GP, 28.7 MPG, 3.5 RPG, 9.7 PPG
Thomas has been a consistent, dependable role player off the bench this year. I would expect the same.
71 GP, 9 GS, 17.7 MPG, 5.1 RPG, 0.77 BPG, 4.3 PPG
There's always a need for a lock-down defender that can do so many intangibles.
72 GP, 10 GS, 19.1 MPG, 0.47 SPG, 2.8 PPG
The sharpshooter every team needs sitting on the bench.
53 GP, 1 GS, 15.6 MPG, 95.0% FT, 3.8 PPG
I had to put the oldest NBA player on the team. He'd probably play about as much as he does for the Rockets though, but his averages are good for his minutes.
GP 7, GS 1, 7.7 MPG, 2.1 RPG, 1 BPG, 0.9 PPG