StaTuesday: Bucks’ Terry still producing at age 39

Milwaukee Bucks guard Jason Terry is shooting 42.7 percent from the three-point line this season.
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This past weekend, Jason Terry became the oldest player to ever take the floor for the Milwaukee Bucks.

It’s a record which will keep changing every time he is on the court, as he was Monday.

OLDEST TO PLAY FOR BUCKS

Player Age (years-days)
Jason Terry 39-165
Dale Ellis 39-155
Jerome Kersey 38-295
Ricky Pierce 38-242
Ervin Johnson 38-117

Terry, a first-round pick of Atlanta back in 1999 and who is in his 18th NBA season, isn’t just getting a few minutes here and there with the Bucks this season. He’s averaging 17.2 minutes per game with Milwaukee. His per 36 minute averages might not be boggling — 7.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals — but he is offering some production off the bench, as well as serving in a leadership role.

Don’t take those minutes per game for granted, either. He is just the 21st player in NBA history to average over 15 minutes per game at age 39 or older and the 31st overall (interestingly two others are doing it this season as well).

Player Age Team Season MPG
Johnny Green 39 KC 1972-73 18.9
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 39 LAL 1986-87 31.3
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 40 LAL 1987-88 28.9
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 41 LAL 1988-89 22.9
Robert Parish 39 BOS 1992-93 27.2
Robert Parish 40 BOS 1993-94 26.9
Robert Parish 41 CHA 1994-95 16.7
Sam Perkins 39 IND 2000-01 15.6
Kevin Willis 39 HOU 2001-02 16.6
John Stockton 39 UTA 2001-02 31.3
Hakeem Olajuwon 39 TOR 2001-02 22.6
John Stockton 40 UTA 2002-03 27.7
Hakeem Olajuwon 39 TOR 2001-02 22.6
John Stockton 40 UTA 2002-03 27.7
Karl Malone 39 UTA 2002-03 36.2
Michael Jordan 39 WAS 2002-03 37.0
Karl Malone 40 LAL 2003-04 32.7
Reggie Miller 39 IND 2004-05 31.9
Clifford Robinson 39 NJ 2005-06 23.3
Clifford Robinson 40 NJ 2006-07 19.1
Dikembe Mutombo 40 HOU 2006-07 17.2
Dikembe Mutombo 41 HOU 2007-08 15.9
Kurt Thomas 39 POR 2011-12 15.2
Grant Hill 39 PHO 2011-12 28.1
Jason Kidd 39 NY 2012-13 26.9
Grant Hill 40 LAC 2012-13 15.1
Steve Nash 39 LAL 2013-14 20.9
Derek Fisher 39 OKC 2013-14 17.6
Tim Duncan 39 SA 2015-16 25.2
Vince Carter 39 MEM 2015-16 16.8
Vince Carter 40 MEM 2016-17 24.1
Manu Ginobili 39 SA 2016-17 18.5
Jason Terry 39 MIL 2016-17 17.2

One thing Terry is doing that no one else his age (or older) has done before him is connect on 3-pointers. Only 10 players 39 or older have made 36 percent or better on 3-point attempts over a season, regardless of the amount of 3-pointers attempted.

Among those who attempted more than two 3-pointers, Terry, at 42.7 percent, is just one of two players aged 39+ to make better than 39 percent of his attempted 3s.

Player Age Team Season 3P 3PA 3PFG%
Kurt Thomas 40 NY 2012-13 1 1 100.0
Moses Malone 39 SA 1994-95 1 2 50.0
Jason Terry 39 MIL 2016-17 47 110 42.7
Manu Ginobili 39 SA 2016-17 68 168 40.5
Derek Fisher 39 OKA 2013-14 88 229 38.4
Clifford Robinson 40 NJ 2006-07 25 66 37.9
Paul Pierce 39 LAC 2016-17 10 27 37.0
Dale Ellis 39 MIL/CHA 1999-00 37 100 37.0
Vince Carter 40 MEM 2016-17 76 209 36.4
John Stockton 40 UTA 2002-03 80 237 36.3

That’s one thing Milwaukee head coach Jason Kidd surely can appreciate. After all, no player aged 39 or older has made more 3-pointers in a season than Kidd’s 114 for the New York Knicks in 2012-13.

Statistics courtesy basketball-rerference.com

Dave Heller is the author of the new book Ken Williams: A Slugger in Ruth’s Shadow as well as Facing Ted Williams Players From the Golden Age of Baseball Recall the Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived and As Good As It Got: The 1944 St. Louis Browns