‣ LeBron James will become the oldest player in the NBA for the first time in the 2023-24 season, turning 39 in December.
‣ The Los Angeles Lakers have the sixth-shortest odds to win next season’s championship in 2024, with better odds given to the Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns.
‣ LeBron James is set to become the sixth player to play in his 21st season or beyond, joining Robert Parish, Kevin Willis, Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki, and Vince Carter.
LeBron James, the star player for the Los Angeles Lakers, is set to make history in the 2023-24 NBA season as he becomes the oldest player in the league for the first time in his 20-year career. At the age of 39, James will surpass Udonis Haslem (43) and Andre Iguodala (39) as the only players born in 1984 or earlier who are signed to an active roster.
Despite his age, James and the Lakers still have a shot at winning the championship next season, according to some NBA betting sites. However, the odds favor teams like the Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns more. The changing of the guard is approaching, with James taking the throne as the oldest player in the league.
Other players from the same generation as James, such as Taj Gibson, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, and P.J. Tucker, are also nearing the end of their careers. Tucker and Gibson will turn 39 in the coming months, but they have recently signed new deals with the Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards, respectively. Although Howard was not offered a contract with the Golden State Warriors, Paul was traded to the team from Washington.
James, who will be 38 years and 298 days old when the Lakers open their season against the Denver Nuggets, has expressed his intention to continue playing in the league. He believes he still has a lot to offer and credits his mindset for his longevity. With a successful summer of preparation, James is ready for his 21st NBA season and hopes to break records along the way.
Not only is James set to become the sixth player to play in his 21st season or beyond, joining the likes of Robert Parish, Kevin Willis, Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki, and Vince Carter, but he also has the opportunity to surpass Carter’s record of 22 seasons played. Additionally, James has a chance to become the first player in NBA history to receive a 20th All-Star selection and become a 20-time All-NBA member, tying him with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most All-Star selections.
With his remarkable achievements and undeniable talent, James continues to defy expectations and solidify his place among the greatest players in NBA history. As he enters the 2023-24 season as the oldest player in the league, James is ready to make yet another statement on the court.