At forty-three years old, the oldest player in professional basketball, Kim Dong-wook (42), is leaving the court.
According to the basketball world on Thursday, Kim Dong-wook, who is eligible for free agency after the 2022-2023 season, has decided to end his active career.
Last season, Kim appeared in 29 regular-season games for Suwon KT, averaging 5 points, 1.6 assists, and 1.1 rebounds. He made 1.3 three-pointers per game 토토사이트.
He was praised for his accurate shooting and steady game, and was said to still be competitive in close games, but the passage of time hasn’t stopped him.
Kim Dong-wook is a classic second-round myth.
He started his professional career with the Seoul Samsung in the second round (14th overall) of the 2005 rookie draft. He was highly touted as a prospect in the amateur ranks, but two ankle surgeries and a failure to adapt in college slowed his growth.
After joining Samsung, he quickly rose to the occasion and established himself as a key member of the roster amidst a stellar senior class that included Seo Jang-hoon, Lee Sang-min, Lee Kyu-seop, and Kang Hyuk.
However, in December 2011, he was traded for Kim Seung-hyun and switched to the Orion (now Day One) uniform.
It was a turning point. He hit the free agency jackpot and won a championship ring in the 2015-2016 season under head coach Choo Il-seung with Joe Jackson, Aaron Haynes, Tae-jong Moon, Il-young Heo, Seung-hyun Lee, Jin-soo Choi, and Jae-seok Jang. This is his second championship since his rookie year.
In the championship game against KCC in Jeonju, Kim was a dominant force on the offensive end with his three-point shooting and sharp passing, while playing full-time defense on the late Andre Emmett, earning him MVP consideration. He averaged 12.7 points, 2.8 assists, and 3.8 rebounds, while hitting 2.2 three-pointers. He shot a whopping 48.1% from three-point range.
He returned to his hometown team Samsung as a free agent in 2017 and wore the KT jersey one more time before retiring in 2021.
In his professional career, he averaged 7.7 points, 2.6 assists, and 2.3 rebounds. He made 1.2 three-pointers per game and shot 37.5% from beyond the arc.