With the recent Steve Nash signing and free agent buzz of Ray Allen, it merits a discussion on the longevity of NBA players as well as how effective they are in their twilight years.
In compiling a short list of the top players in their late 30's, one needs to consider how effective the player has been recently. Just because the player has had a great NBA career doesn't mean he's still a good player at the age of 37.
Let's take a look at the top five players over the age of 35 in the NBA today:
5. Grant Hill (39 Years Old) Last Season: 49 Games, 10.2 PPG, 2.2 APG, 3.5 RPG
Grant Hill not only hasn't aged in his appearance, but he has had a resurgence of sorts over the last couple of years.
Hill is the Ken Griffey Jr of the NBA. Fans want to know how great he would have been if it weren't for all the injuries.
One thing is for certain; when healthy he is still very effective.
4. Ray Allen (37 - This Month) Last Season: 46 Games, 14.2 PPG, 2.4 APG, 3.1 RPG
There are few things sweeter in the NBA than Ray Allen's jump shot. Although there are also even fewer things that bug the opposing fans more than the smug look he maintains on his face.
Love him or hate him, Allen is still a phenomenal outside shooting threat and he comes in at number four on this list.
3. Kevin Garnett (36) Last Season: 60 Games, 15.8 PPG, 2.9 APG, 8.2 RPG
One of the early big signings of the offseason was the big contract Kevin Garnett raked in for staying with the Boston Celtics.
It's hard to believe Garnett is already on the other side of 35 years old, but the fire in his game still burns as bright as it did when he was in Minnesota.
2. Tim Duncan (36) Last Season: 58 Games, 15.4 PPG, 2.3 APG, 9.0 RPG
The Big Fundamental is still averaging nearly a double-double per game and is very much an integral part of the Spurs success.
By the time Duncan's new contract runs out he will be just about 40-years-old and hopefully still contributing at a high level to his loyal team.
Expect Duncan and head coach Gregg Popovich to retire at the same time.
1. Steve Nash (38) Last Season: 62 Games, 12.5 PPG, 10.7 APG, 3.0 RPG
Even the most devoted Steve Nash fans can see that he is showing signs of slowing down; especially on the defensive side of things. However, his court vision and ability to distribute the ball remains at an elite level.
It will be very interesting to see how Nash feeds all the mouths in Los Angeles, especially when one of those mouths complains when he's not fed enough.
Nash brings leadership and a great attitude to a Lakers team that really needs an attitude adjustment.
As far as players in the NBA over the age of 35 go, there is no one better than Nash.
Is there anybody on this list you would replace with another 35+ in the NBA today? Let's hear it!
Joe Chacon is a staff writer for Operation Sports and a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @JoeChacon.