My buddies and I started talking about how we're done with the Babbitt experiment, and the conversation then moved towards legendary status when we started posing questions like:
- Which of the 3 of us could take Babbit's spot?
- Would you trade Babbitt for the last pick of the second round in next year's draft?
- Which WNBA player would you take over Babbitt?
- How many popcorn machines could the Blazers get for Babbitt?
The list went on with a number of hilarious suggestions, but then the conversation morphed into what I thought was a fantastic topic: which now-retired NBA player could come back and actually contribute the most today? We decided to put the cap at 45 years of age and older. A few of the names we came up with were as follows:
- Michael Jordan (duh), 49 years old: I'm sure we've all seen a few of the youtube videos floating around where he's owning fools on the Bobcats with his flawless jumper. Do you think he could come back and still play a role?
- Reggie Miller, age 46: This was my personal pick. One of the greatest shooters of all time. Throw him in a corner and have him hit 3's (side note: would you take Miller over Babbitt right now?)
- David Robinson, age 46: Dude was built to play the game forever it seems like. I could see him fulfilling a Kurt Thomas-esque role and posing problems for teams in the paint.
- Nate Mcmillan, age 47: The dude still practices with his players! Sure, he's got a little bit of a gut going, but he was a great passing PG in his prime.
- Dennis Rodman age 51: Rebounding machine. His bball IQ could stlll get him a handful of board today, I'd reckon.
I could go on, but would love to hear what fellow BE'ers come up with. The rules are simple: what retired NBA player over the age of 45 could come back and still contribute in today's league? Why do you think so?
Which of these retired, over 45 years of age NBA players could still come back and contribute in today's league?
Michael Jordan (100 votes)
Reggie Miller (135 votes)
David Robinson (32 votes)
Nate Mcmillan (1 vote)
Dennis Rodman (28 votes)
Other (explain in comments!) (21 votes)
317 total votes