With Vince Carter announcing his retirement from the NBA, the league just lost its oldest active player. After 22 great years, Carter can walk off into the sunset with his head held high. There are also a few other players that should be joining Carter in bowing out at the conclusion of the shortened 2019-20 season. Here are five NBA players who should also walk away from the game at season’s end, and have good reason to do so.
5. Kyle Korver
Korver has been a marksman in the league for the last 17 years. In the era of pace and space and an overload of threes, Korver was ahead of his time. At 39 years old, the game is starting to move past Korver right before his very eyes. While he can still come off of a bench and hit a couple of threes, players are asked to do a lot more in today’s NBA.
4. Tyson Chandler
Chandler has been going strong for 19 years in the league. An NBA champion with a Defensive Player of the Year on his resume, Chandler has experienced plenty of success during his long career. Similar to Korver, Chandler is an aging veteran who the game has moved past. As a center with no sort of game outside the paint who turns 38 in October, Chandler should hang it up.
3. Pau Gasol
Gasol was looking to make a comeback sometime during this 2019-20 season, but it is not likely to happen at this point. Turning 40 in July and returning from injury, Gasol has not played a game since May of 2019. With two championships, six All-Star appearances, four All-NBA teams and plenty of medals in international basketball, Gasol is a viable contender for the Hall of Fame. Retiring (or playing overseas) looks to be the best course of action.
2. Marc Gasol
A key contributor to the 2019 Championship Raptors, Gasol has taken a step back in his production in 2020. Playing a lot fewer games, Gasol is looking like a shell of himself on the young Raptors. With a few All-Star appearances and medals alongside his older brother Pau, the Gasols are one of the greatest basketball families ever. Both brothers retiring after the same season would be a storybook ending.
1. Udonis Haslem
Be honest, you forgot UD was still in the league, right? Haslem has only played a combined 43 games in the past four seasons. Serving as more of a locker room presence for a young Heat team, Haslem could make the transition to an assistant role with the team. A Florida native, Haslem embodies everything that the Heat culture is about. After 16 years and a few championships, Haslem should call it a career.