Drafted in 1998, “The Truth” has no-doubt cemented his legacy alongside the game’s immortals. In a career replete with All-Star appearances (10), the former Kansas Jayhawks apotheosis came while winning the 2008 NBA Finals and Finals MVP award. In 1,318 contests, Pierce has amassed 26,316 points (No. 16 all-time) while averaging 20 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.3 steals. At 38 and shopworn, Pierce has little left to give, or prove.
Drafted before some current players were born (1995), Garnett has left an indelible print upon the game as champion, MVP, All-Star and future Hall-of-Famer. The 21-year veteran has scored over 26,000 career points while showcasing unrivaled passion and defensive intensity. However, the former Farragut Academy standout’s on-court productivity has starkly declined since a final 2013 All-Star season. At 39, it’s time for “The Kid” to hang them up.
Currently the league’s oldest player (40) and suiting up for his ninth team, Andre Miller has enjoyed a standout 17-year NBA career. The once perennially underrated former Utah Ute ranks ninth all-time in total career assists (8,524) while netting 16,278 points. However, only 144 of those points have come this season. It’s clear that Miller’s time has come to pass.
Miller, a former 2001 NBA Rookie of The Year and 2006 Sixth Man of The Year, has enjoyed 16 sharp-shooting seasons in the league. Unfortunately, injuries consumed the second half of the No. 20 all-time three-point percentage leader’s career. As such, many were surprised Denver signed Miller ahead of this season. Per the natural order of NBA life, it’s time for Miller to step aside so his roster spot can be optimally utilized on young talent.
The “Red Rocket” has garnered two NBA championships and a reputation as a sweet-shooting big throughout his 12 seasons in the league. Additionally, Bonner has rebuked critics who doubted whether he was NBA caliber by becoming a mainstay for the powerhouse San Antonio Spurs. Alas, all good things must come to an end, including ‘Red Mamba’s’ NBA career.
Another member of this list drafted in the 90s, “Jet” boasts 18,408 points and a coveted championship ring during his underrated 17-year NBA career. Jason Eugene Terry will long be remembered as one of Dallas’ finest performers and a key second cog during the Mavericks’ 2011 championship run. Though the 2009 Sixth Man of the Year averaged a shade under six points for Houston this season, Terry is ready to move on.
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The former Ron Artest, a 2004 All-Star and Defensive Player of The Year, has fashioned successful seasons in both an individual and team sense. Peace won an NBA championship with the 2010 Los Angeles Lakers while averaging 13.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals during his 16-year career. Once a dreaded lock-down defender, the 36-year-old “Tru Warier” has at-last succumbed to Father Time’s unremitting rigors.
Chris “Birdman” Andersen has carved a successful 14-year niche as a high-energy, shot blocking defensive specialist. With colorful hair and unparalleled style, the now 37-year-old contributed superbly to Miami’s 2013 championship run. However, following a 2016 regular season in which Andersen was limited to just 27 games, it’s time for him to retire.
Brand, the 1999 AP Player of The Year, transitioned exceptionally well to the professional ranks. The 2000 Rookie of The Year averaged 20-plus points in six of his first eight seasons. Two of those campaigns were highlighted by hard-earned All-Star selections. Once a premier post presence in the NBA, regrettably, the former Duke Blue Devil’s second half of NBA life was beset by nagging injuries. At 37, Brand should bow out gracefully.
After 18 seasons and a 2005 NBA championship, it seems the former Kentucky Wildcat has been prolonging the inevitable for a handful of years. In his prime, the now 38-year-old was a serviceable big, however, now Mohammed is simply gobbling up roster space. It’s time to make way for a new generation.