Spurs-Kings was the first game in NBA history in which two 40-year-olds scored 15+ points
These days, in the modern NBA, players are getting the opportunity to play for many more years. The best example of this is Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, who is in his 15th lear in the league and is still producing at a high level.
But there are also a variety of players this season that are either pushing 40 years old or already there that are still making significant contributions for a team, such as Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks, Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs, and Vince Carter of the Sacramento Kings.
The Spurs and Kings faced off Sunday. The game was a blowout win for the Spurs, but in the throws of the night, Carter and Ginobili made NBA history. With Carter’s 21 points and Ginobili’s 15, the two players did something no two 40-year-olds have ever done in the same game, per ESPN Stats and Info.
Kings-Spurs was the first game in NBA history where two players age 40 or older each scored 15+ points, per @EliasSports
Note: the picture is not from tonight pic.twitter.com/BI18Nuj4pO
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 29, 2018
Carter and Ginobili have been in the NBA for as long as most people can remember. The fact that they are both still in the league and producing they way they are at times is not only amazing, but also a testament to the science and nutritional advancements that has kept players healthier for longer periods of time.
Carter and Ginobili may not be ultra-consistent players anymore, but they are among a small number that have done the right things in order to extend their respective careers.
Fans should expect more of their favorite players to play for many more years then the players of past generations.