Tony Parker nudges Chris Paul as NBA’s oldest active starting point guards
Tony Parker made his first appearance of the season for the San Antonio Spurs against the Dallas Mavericks, and he did so while getting the start.
With that move, the 35-year-old Parker has now become the oldest starting point guard in the NBA, pushing out 32-year-old Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul to second place.
With Tony Parker starting in San Antonio, Chris Paul no longer the oldest starting point guard in the NBA. Had a good run.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 28, 2017
Tony Parker has been starting for the Spurs ever since he arrived in the NBA as a 19-year-old back in 2001. He has started every Spurs game — regular season and playoffs — since 2010.
Even though Parker hasn’t exactly been a starter-caliber point guard for a couple of years now, it seems as if Gregg Popovich will continue to start Parker until his body can no longer handle the rigors of NBA basketball. Unfortunately, that time may be sooner rather than later.
As for Chris Paul, he has the distinction of starting each and every game he’s played over the course of his distinguished 13-year NBA career. And his streak doesn’t look like it’s stopping anytime soon.
For the first time in his career, Paul doesn’t have the burden of completely running his team’s offense. He now has James Harden to do the heavy lifting during the regular season while he can save his legs for later in the season. If things go according to plan for the Rockets, Paul likely won’t look like a worn-down 32-year-old point guard come playoff time.
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