New York's roster is so old! How old is it? It's so old that even one of their rookies is 35 years old!
That's right. I hadn't realized this until now, but Pablo Prigioni may be the oldest rookie in NBA history! And the funny thing is, NY has two rookies on their roster this season, and the other one is 28 years old! That's Chris Copeland.
This raises the question. Who is the oldest "rookie" in NBA history?
Well, Sabonis made his NBA debut at the ripe age of 31 years.
Nat Hickey played his first and only BAA game at the age of 46 years! He missed 6 shots and committed 5 fouls. But BAA doesn't count as NBA, and Hockey had apparently played professionally for years. You might wonder what coach in his right mind would play this 46-year-old fool? The coach's name? Nat Hickey. Talk about a conflict of interest!
There is a question as to what constitutes a rookie. Does ABA experience count? Several ABA players made their NBA debut in their 30's, does that count as a rookie?
Charley Shipp was apparently 36 during his rookie year (which was his only year, though he came to the NBA as part of a merger and had played professionally since 1937).
So... who is the oldest rookie in NBA hisotry? And why does NY have two rookies who are SO old? lol