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The 45 and Over Club: Who Could Still Play in NBA? (w/POLL)

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:

  1. 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?
  2. 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?)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?


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