It’s unfortunate to see NBA legends come to the end of their career and all we can do is sit back and appreciate how they have impacted the league. All above the age of 36 years old, it could possibly be the final season for Dirk Nowitzki, Vince Carter, Manu Ginobili and Dwyane Wade. They have 35x NBA All-Star selections, 9x NBA Championships, and 92,216 career points split among them. It could be another year where multiple talented stars all retired from the league simultaneously.
Dirk Nowitzki is considered one of the best power forwards in NBA history. He is currently sitting 6th on the All-Time Scoring list behind Wilt Chamberlain. Dirk’s career accolades are outstanding to say the least, which include an NBA championship in 2011 against LeBron James and the Miami Heat, also winning NBA Finals MVP, NBA Most Valuable Player in 2007, 13× NBA All-Star and 4× All-NBA First Team. Dirk took the fadeaway to the next level, becoming a dominant force in the post and many new players have implemented his iconic fadeaway into their offensive skill set.
Dwyane Wade is the 3rd best shooting guard in NBA history (after Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant) and he will finish his career with the Miami Heat.
SOURCE: Dwyane Wade will sign a 1-year deal with the Miami Heat and that he will retire when the 2018-19 season ends
— Adam Spolane (@AdamSpolane) August 14, 2018
He won 3 NBA Championships for the Miami Heat and he is the best player in their franchise. Also, he is the best blocker amongst the shooting guards and one of the best players of the last 20 years. We’ll never forget his amazing performance in the 2006 NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks, when he averaged 34.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.7 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.
Vince Carter is arguably one of the best dunkers in NBA history. Using his incredible athleticism, he performed one of the most iconic dunks in the All-Star weekend. He won the slam dunk competition in 2000, with an insane 360 windmill dunk which shocked the whole league. Carter won Rookie of the year in 199 and was also voted in 8th straight All-Star from 2000-2007 becoming a fan favorite. Vinsanity is about to enter his 23rd NBA season with a 1-year $2.4 million veteran minimum contract with the Atlanta Hawks, leaving us questioning his future in the NBA.
Manu Ginobili is now 41 years old and coming into his final seasons with The Spurs. He was apart of the Spurs Dynasty with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker winning 4x NBA championships. He won 6th man of the year in 2008, averaging 19.5 points, 4.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 15 steals per game off the bench. One of the best 6th men in NBA history, he provided scintillating scoring off the bench by using the Euro Step, making it popular in today’s NBA. He used this to his advantage by taking long strides around big men or defenders trying to draw a charge.
All these NBA legends have made a huge impact in the NBA and their time is coming up soon. The 2018-19 season could be the last time we see them play, leaving fans in distraught. With these stars having an outstanding career, it would be a sure lock in the Hall of Fame.