In most industries when you reach the age of 35 you’re still considered young and in the midst of your climb up the career ladder. In the NBA, you’re considered old and knocking on the door of retirement.
That is where Kobe Bryant will find himself this season having just turned 35 yesterday. Not only will he be fighting off father time, he’ll be fighting the residual effects of a torn Achilles tendon and its recovery.
It was only a few years ago that you could bank on Kobe giving you 25 to 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assist a night; that is not the case for this coming season. It is difficult to project what type of season Kobe will be able to produce considering both his age and recovery from injury.
What we can do is look back in the history of the NBA and see how other players were able to perform at the age 35 and beyond. We take a look at the 5 best seasons for NBA perimeter players at the age of 35 or older: