The 21 Oldest Professional Athletes Still Playing in 2018

When they were just rookies, they never could've predicted they'd still be playing in 2018. Yet here they are, battling against guys half their age.

Dirk Nowitzki

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Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki is still getting it done.

Born on June 19th, 1978, the Dallas Mavericks power forward is the second-oldest player in the NBA currently under contract.

Last season, he put up an efficient 12 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.

Nowitzki measures in at 7-feet tall, 245 pounds.

His height makes his longevity all the more mind-boggling, as players his size typically burn out relatively quickly due to knee and ankle issues.

Nowitzki was selected by Dallas in the 1998 NBA Draft.

For context, that draft also included players like Mike Bibby, Jason Williams, and Tyronn Lue.

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