No matter how good a player is, Father Time never loses. It always brings even the best careers to their knees. For these ten players, Father Time is already knocking at their door.
10. Vince Carter
Vince is far removed from his best days in the league. But at 39 years old, he is somehow still finding a way to contribute to his team. He's averaging 9 points for the Grizzlies this year and is a steady part of the team's rotation. What's really been key for Carter though, is his use of the three-pointer, which he didn't always have in his arsenal.
With Father time looming though, we must wonder how long he will continue to play at this elite level, even if he seems invincible.
9. Luis Scola
Scola had a good stint playing for the Pacers in 2014. That likely seems like a distant fairytale now. He is playing for a Brooklyn Nets team that is going nowhere anytime soon. And averaging only 13 minutes per game this season, Scola's role and importance are obviously dwindling.
It's only a matter of time before his willingness to play the game for minimal results gives out too.
8. Paul Pierce
Arguably the best player left on this list, Pierce is in a good position playing for Doc Rivers and the L.A. Clippers. But throughout his tenure in L.A., His role has dramatically changed. Now, he mostly stays on the bench during games and serves as the veteran presence in the locker room. Paul DOES still have some years left on his contract, and the Clips are a contending team right now. So it is very likely Paul might stay for another year or two.
7. Metta World Peace
Metta has had a pretty storied career so far. After disappearing for a bit, Metta now finds himself on a Lakers team showing a lot of promise. He is the veteran presence and locker room voice for the young guys. But he is also becoming gradually less useful for the team. He barely made the roster this year, and it should not be any easier for him next year. So even in the best-case scenario, it's quite possible we might be seeing the beginning of the end for this once aggressive star.
6. Udonis Haslem
Haslem was a VITAL piece to the Miami Heat championships a couple years ago. His IQ and steady presence were very valuable for a team trying to win championships. Now? The Heat stink, Haslem is riding the bench, and virtually all of the big three is gone. The only reason Miami probably has him for a veteran presence and respect for their rich history together. The time may be now for Haslem to finally let go and call his career over... or the Heat may do it for him.
5. Mike Miller
Just like Haslem, Mike Miller was a huge price to that back-to-back championship Heat team. Even when he left Miami, he found ways to be relevant with his shooting and experience. But do you know where he's playing now? The answer (which most people probably didn't know) is Denver. He's been somewhat of an afterthought in his time there. Mike Miller has the rings and the memories of a good career, so there's really nothing left that went unaccomplished.
4. Jason Terry
The Jet has been the heart and soul of so many NBA teams in his career. But that is no longer the case for his stint with Milwaukee. He is still playing a very minimal role, and is being vastly overshadowed and forgotten in that small market. At 39 years old, time may be up for this once energizing player.
3. Caron Butler
Pretty much a certainty, Caron Butler hasn't been effective for a while. As of right now, he's still a free agent...and his time in the league is down to a short list of numbers. So far removed from his "glory days" most have forgetter what type of impact this gig used to make. No doubt, this is the end of the road for Butler, and it is long overdue to finish.
2. Manu Ginóbili
MANU! It will break many hearts when Manu finally calls it quits. But for any fan that is keeping up with the game, it's not too hard to see that Ginóbili will not be playing for too much longer. Once he retires, only Parker will be left to resemble the "big three" that won so many games together. It will truly signal a tragic end for a storied era.
It may be cheating to put him on this list... but I'll do it anyway. He announced his retirement THIS summer after Cleveland won the finals. But somehow, Jefferson was convinced to come back for another year, to possibly win it all again. His job, for now, is just to provide energy and life to a locker room of champions that may get bored some nights.
The only question for him now is how much he can produce for this Cavs team.