Four NBA legends turning 50 this year, besides Jordan

Michael Jordan is turning 50 years old this year. Aside from the legendary Chicago Bulls guard, there are four more legendary NBA players, who are turning 50 this year.

hakeem-olajuwon-50HAKEEM OLAJUWON

Olajuwon in fact has already turned 50, on January 21. According to his own words, he’s still in shape, and could even play for several minutes in today’s NBA.

Olajuwon established himself as an unusually skilled offensive player for a big man, perfecting a set of fakes and spin moves that became known as his trademark Dream Shake.

He led the Houston Rockets to back-to-back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995. In 2008, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Olajuwon is a 12-time NBA All-Star, and has been named the 1994 NBA MVP.

Olajuwon is considered one of the greatest centers ever to play the game. Some say, he was the best.

He played in 1238 NBA games (1186 started), averaging 21.8 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 2.5 apg and 3.1 bpg in 35.7 minutes of action.


Legendary NBA forward, broadcaster and basketball analyst Charles Barkley is also turning 50 this year. Unline Olajuwon and Jordan, it seems unlikely that Charles Barkley would be considering playing in the NBA again.

Barkley retired from NBA in 2000, he retired as the fourth player in NBA history to achieve 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists.

11-time All-Star, Barkley was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2006.

He competed in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic games and won two gold medals as a member of the United States men’s basketball team.

Barkley was a prolific scorer and a great rebounder, who holds career averages of 22.1 ppg and 11.7 rpg in 36.7 minutes on the court.

Barkley led the league in offensive rebounds for 3 consecutive seasons, and holds a personal record of 14.6 rebounds per game achieved in 1986-1987 season.

Scoring wise, Barkley never in his career averaged below 14 points per game. He played in 1073 NBA games, starting in 1012 of them.

Barkley was one of the NBA’s most versatile players and accurate scorers capable of scoring from anywhere on the court and established himself as one of the NBA’s top power forwards of all time. Some say he was the best.

karl-malone-50KARL MALONE

One of the best power forwards that ever played the game of basketball, Karl Malone had truly an incredible career, yet he never won an NBA Championship. He also turns 50 this year.

Malone spent his first 18 seasons (1985–2003) in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Utah Jazz and formed a formidable duo with his teammate John Stockton.

He was a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, a 14-time NBA All-Star, and an 11-time member of the All-NBA first team.

Malone scored the second most career points in NBA history (36,298), and holds the records for most free throws attempted and made. He is generally considered one of the greatest NBA power forwards.

The Jazz drafted Malone in 1985 with the 13th overall pick in the first round. Malone appeared in the playoffs every season in his career, including the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998 with the Jazz.

He played his final season with the Los Angeles Lakers, with whom he played his third Finals in 2004. Internationally, Malone competed with the United States national team in the Summer Olympic games of 1992 and 1996; in both years he won gold medals.

After retiring from the NBA, Malone joined the staff of the Louisiana Tech basketball team in 2007 and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.

Malone holds career averages of 25 ppg, 10.1 rpg and 3.6 apg in 37.2 minutes of playing time. He played in 1476 NBA games (1471 started).

joe-dumars-50JOE DUMARS

Drafted 18th overall in the first round of the 1985 NBA Draft, he played guard for the Detroit Pistons for his entire career, from 1985 to 1999.

He won two championships as a player in 1989 and 1990, and was voted the 1989 Finals MVP, averaging 27.3 points per game as the Pistons swept the Los Angeles Lakers in four games.

According to Michael Jordan, Dumars was the best defender he faced in the NBA.

During his career, Dumars was selected to the All-Star team six times, and to the All-Defensive first team four times.

In 14 seasons, all with the Pistons, Dumars scored 16,401 points, handed out 4,612 assists, grabbed 2,203 rebounds and recorded 902 steals.

Dumars, who played in 1018 career NBA games, starting in 944 of them,  holds career averages of 16.1 ppg, 4.1 apg.


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