NBA Players with Most Seasons Played in History
Willis’ career, though, spanned 23 years – the longest span in NBA history. He was under contract with the Atlanta Hawks in 1988-89 but didn’t play due to injury. He retired after the 2004-05 season, but returned for one more in 2006-07, missing 2005-06.
Willis played for eight different teams. Parish is known mostly as a Boston Celtic. He played 14 seasons for the Celtics, but began his career on the Golden State Warriors (4 seasons) and finished it on the Charlotte Hornets (2) and Chicago Bulls (1).
Apparently, longevity is a thing of the relative present. Not one player below played a single game in the 1960s or prior. Most (19 of the 24) began their careers post-1980. Nine of those players hit the pros post-1990.
A bunch of these guys played in 2012-13. All but one, Kevin Garnett, have retired or will. So Garnett will bump up to 19 years with the 2013-14 season. Jason Kidd, Juwan Howard, Grant Hill, Kurt Thomas and Jerry Stackhouse will be hanging it up.
UPDATED LIST: Through the 2013-14 season. Kevin Garnett is up to 19 years of service. Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen, Derek Fisher, Steve Nash and Jermaine O’Neal are newcomers to the list with 18 years in the NBA. At least four of those six will be back in 2014-15 for an and-1.Follow @VinGetz
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