Longest-Tenured Players For Each NBA Team

The league’s current Collective Bargaining Agreement has made it a little easier for teams to keep their own superstars, but it also reduced the maximum number of years for a player’s contract. Additionally, increasing tax penalties have prompted several teams with expensive payrolls to cut costs by trading or releasing veterans, reducing the likelihood that a given player will stay with the same team throughout his NBA career.

Taking into account the changes to roster-building dictated by the new CBA, it’s worth looking at which players have managed to stick with their current teams for the longest time. A handful of clubs, such as the Lakers with Kobe Bryant and the Spurs with Tim Duncan, have kept their respective stars under contract for well over a decade. But other teams, such as the Pelicans, haven’t carried any one player for more than the last three years, with their longest-tenured player (Jason Smith) having joined the team for the 2010/11 season.

Here’s a look at the longest-tenured player on each NBA team in chronological order, including details on how that player was initially acquired:

  1. Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe Bryant. Acquired via trade on July 11th, 1996.
  2. San Antonio Spurs: Tim Duncan. Drafted on June 25th, 1997.
  3. Dallas Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki. Drafted on June 24th, 1998.
  4. Miami Heat: Dwyane Wade. Drafted on June 26th, 2003.
  5. Oklahoma City Thunder: Nick Collison. Drafted on June 26th, 2003.
  6. Chicago Bulls: Luol Deng. Drafted on June 24th, 2004.
  7. Orlando Magic: Jameer Nelson. Drafted on June 24th, 2004.
  8. Cleveland Cavaliers: Anderson Varejao. Acquired via trade on July 23rd, 2004.
  9. Indiana Pacers: Danny Granger. Drafted on June 28th, 2005.
  10. Portland Trail Blazers: LaMarcus Aldridge. Drafted on June 28th, 2006.
  11. Boston Celtics: Rajon Rondo. Drafted on June 28th, 2006.
  12. Atlanta Hawks: Al Horford. Drafted on June 28th, 2007.
  13. Memphis Grizzlies: Mike Conley. Drafted on June 28th, 2007.
  14. Philadelphia 76ers: Thaddeus Young. Drafted on June 28th, 2007.
  15. Detroit Pistons: Rodney Stuckey. Drafted on June 28th, 2007.
  16. Minnesota Timberwolves: Kevin Love. Drafted on June 26th, 2008.
  17. Brooklyn Nets: Brook Lopez. Drafted on June 26th, 2008.
  18. Sacramento Kings: Jason Thompson. Drafted on June 26th, 2008.
  19. Los Angeles Clippers: DeAndre Jordan. Drafted on June 26th, 2008.
  20. Golden State Warriors: Stephen Curry. Drafted on June 25th, 2009.
  21. Toronto Raptors: DeMar DeRozan. Drafted on June 25th, 2009.
  22. Charlotte Bobcats: Gerald Henderson. Drafted on June 25th, 2009.
  23. Denver Nuggets: Ty Lawson. Drafted on June 25th, 2009.
  24. Phoenix Suns: Channing Frye. Signed on July 14th, 2009.
  25. Milwaukee Bucks: Ersan Ilyasova. Signed on July 23rd, 2009.
  26. Washington Wizards: John Wall. Drafted on June 24th, 2010.¹
  27. Utah Jazz: Gordon Hayward. Drafted on June 24th, 2010.¹
  28. New York Knicks: Amar’e Stoudemire. Signed on July 8th, 2010.
  29. New Orleans Pelicans: Jason Smith. Acquired via trade on September 23rd, 2010.
  30. Houston Rockets: Chandler Parsons. Drafted on June 23rd, 2011.

¹ The Wizards and Jazz each landed multiple players on June 24th, 2010 that remain on their respective rosters. Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin (acquired via draft-night trade) join Wall for Washington, while Utah also added Jeremy Evans after drafting Hayward. Wall and Hayward were the first picks by each club, technically making them the longest-tenured players, if only by a matter of minutes.

Data from Mark Porcaro was used in the creation of this post

Leave a Reply

5 Comments on "Longest-Tenured Players For Each NBA Team"

Notify of
avatar

Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
Reed
Guest
Reed
2 years 11 months ago

The Lakers didn’t draft Kobe Bryant.

rockiesfan_303
Guest
rockiesfan_303
2 years 11 months ago

The Jazz didn’t draft Derrick Favors either…

HoopsRumors
Guest
HoopsRumors
2 years 11 months ago

Thanks guys, appreciate the corrections. Got ’em fixed.

— Luke

David E. Gedeon
Guest
David E. Gedeon
2 years 5 months ago

Time to replace Deng with Noah for the Bulls. And Granger with Hibbert

sef
Guest
sef
1 year 11 months ago

This site is bogas. KG was drafted in 95

wpDiscuz

Get the hottest NBA news and rumors before anyone else! Follow us on Twitter to stay updated: