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These are the NBA’s 50 youngest and oldest players of the 2019-20 season

There’s a lot to be said about your talent, intelligence and athleticism as a basketball player when you’re a 19 year old and playing in the NBA . It’s even more impressive if you can be productive enough to still be in the league into your late thirties. NBA players age as any human does, but the ones that can make it into the league as a teenager and the players that stay there across decades are worth praise.

The Youngest NBA Players in the 2019-20 Season

The youngest player on an NBA roster as of February 1st, 2020 is Zion Williamson. The way he’s built, the fact that he’s one of those rare rookie that’s averaging over 20 points per game makes his being only 19 years old even more impressive. Once Zion figures out the game and gets more experience under his belt, he’s going to be beast at 21 years old much less when he’s 25 years old when he’s had six years of NBA experience.

The second youngest player in the NBA comes from Zion’s college team rival, Coby White who played for the North Carolina Tar Heels. Rounding out the top five youngest players in the league is Golden State rookie Alen Smailagić, Cleveland’s Kevin Porter, and Nassir Little of the Portland Trailblazers.

NBA's Youngest Players for 2019-20
Young Rank Player Age Team
1 Zion Williamson 19 NOP
2 Coby White 19 CHI
3 Alen Smailagić 19 GSW
4 Kevin Porter 19 CLE
5 Nassir Little 19 POR
6 Jalen Lecque 19 PHO
7 Talen Horton-Tucker 19 LAL
8 Jaxson Hayes 19 NOP
9 Sekou Doumbouya 19 DET
10 Darius Bazley 19 OKC
11 RJ Barrett 19 NYK
12 Jarred Vanderbilt 20 TOT
13 Zhaire Smith 20 PHI
14 Anfernee Simons 20 POR
15 Naz Reid 20 MIN
16 Cam Reddish 20 ATL
17 Jordan Poole 20 GSW
18 KZ Okpala 20 MIA
19 Jaylen Nowell 20 MIN
20 Džanan Musa 20 BRK
21 Ja Morant 20 MEM
22 Romeo Langford 20 BOS
23 Kevin Knox 20 NYK
24 Louis King 20 DET
25 Keldon Johnson 20 SAS

Many of the American players on the above list spent one season in college before declaring for the NBA. Many of the international players never even attended university, so they never had the experience of staying up late and considering essay writing services like Edubirdie.  Other players like Anfernee Simons  (and LaMelo Ball) went to play overseas after their high school careers ended, bypassing college altogether and decided to become professional basketball players.

The NBA’s Oldest Players for the 2019-20 Season

Among the oldest players in the league according to our proprietary “old rank” formula based on birthday data are NBA superstars and Banana Boat members LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony. At the top of the list is the ageless Vince Carter. At 43 years old Carter is the only player in his forties on this list. Second on the list and I didn’t know he was in the league anymore is Miami Heat lifer Udonis Haslem. Rounding out the top five is the sharp shooting Kyle Korver, career super role player Tyson Chandler, and defensive genius Andre Iguodala. Take a full look at the list of the NBA’s oldest players below:

NBA's oldest players for 2019-20
Old Rank Player Age Team
1 Vince Carter 43 ATL
2 Udonis Haslem 39 MIA
3 Kyle Korver 38 MIL
4 Tyson Chandler 37 HOU
5 Andre Iguodala 36 MIA
6 Carmelo Anthony 35 POR
7 LeBron James 35 LAL
8 Marc Gasol 35 TOR
9 Thabo Sefolosha 35 HOU
10 J.J. Barea 35 DAL
11 J.J. Redick 35 NOP
12 Dwight Howard 34 LAL
13 LaMarcus Aldridge 34 SAS
14 Taj Gibson 34 NYK
15 P.J. Tucker 34 HOU
16 Paul Millsap 34 DEN
17 Trevor Ariza 34 POR
18 Anthony Tolliver 34 TOT
19 Chris Paul 34 OKC
20 Jared Dudley 34 LAL
21 Courtney Lee 34 DAL
22 Al Horford 33 PHI
23 Ian Mahinmi 33 WAS
24 Aron Baynes 33 PHO
25 Rudy Gay 33 SAS

Longevity Better Than Precociousness

It goes without saying, but it’s worth mentioning that the list of the oldest players are all recognizable to anyone that follows the NBA. Every single one of them are proven NBA players whereas how many of the players on the youngest list will make it past this season?

Going further and fast forwarding 15 years, how many of the rookies and Sophomores will make it from being one of the youngest NBA players in a season, to being one of the 25 oldest players in any given season. We don’t know the answer to that, but we do know that it’s not easy to have sustained career in the NBA.

 

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