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How much does average team age and average team experience mean?

Values based on rosters posted on www.nba.com for each team. I will update this when the season starts and rosters are finalized.

The stats below, if you can call them that, more than likely mean ABSOLUTELY nothing. However, I always hear how San Antonio shouldn't be in the playoffs because they're always the oldest team in the league and how Oklahoma was a year ahead of where they should have been. So it made me think, does age mean anything? The reason I mention experience in the title is because a 19 year old rookie is not the same, good, bad or indifferent, than a 23-25 year old rookie, they just have more room to grow. Also, someone in the league for 14 years isn't the same, good, bad or indifferent, than someone who's been in the league for 9 years. So, I decided to make a chart to see if it does matter at all. I'll have a summary (kind of) after the jump

Team Avg. Age Age Rank Avg. Exp. Exp. Rank Avg. R + Avg. E Rookies +5 yrs Exp +10 yrs Exp
Atlanta 27.5294 20 6.5882 25 45 2 11 3
Boston 27.7777 21 6.5555 24 45 5 10 6
Brooklynn 31.6111 29 5.3333 21 50 4 9 4
Charlotte 25.5294 10 4.3529 13 23 2 7 2
Chicago 28.6666 24 7.4000 27 51 1 11 6
Cleveland 25.2105 6 3.1578 3 9 3 5 0
Dallas 27.8333 22 6.2222 23 45 4 9 5
Denver 24.2352 2 3.4705 6 8 3 4 1
Detroit 26.5000 16 4.5000 15 31 4 8 3
Golden State 25.3500 9 3.7500 10 19 5 8 2
Houston 24.3043 4 2.6086 2 6 5 4 1
Indiana 25.5625 11 4.0000 12 23 2 5 0
L.A. Clippers 28.9375 25 8.0000 28 53 0 11 7
L.A. Lakers 28.0000 23 7.0000 26 54 2 9 6
Memphis 26.1333 15 3.6666 8 23 2 4 2
Miami 29.4705 26 8.1764 30 56 1 12 6
Milwaukee 25.7857 14 5.2142 20 34 2 6 4
Minnesota 31.0000 28 3.4666 5 33 2 4 1
New Orleans 24.2500 3 2.4375 1 4 6 2 0
New York 34.9411 30 8.1176 29 59 3 12 7
Oklahoma City 30.7500 27 4.3750 14 41 2 6 1
Orlando 25.7500 12 4.6250 16 28 3 8 3
Philadelphia 25.7777 13 4.8888 18 31 2 9 3
Phoenix 27.5000 19 5.4666 22 41 1 9 2
Portland 24.6111 5 3.5000 7 12 5 6 1
Sacramento 25.2500 7 3.8750 11 18 1 4 1
San Antonio 27.2352 18 4.8823 17 35 2 6 4
Toronto 25.2777 8 3.7222 9 17 4 7 1
Utah 26.7222 17 5.0555 19 36 2 9 2
Washington 24.0000 1 3.3846 4 5 1 3 1
  • Rankings sorted from Smallest to Largest
  • Yellow rows indicate playoff teams from last year
  • Arbitrarily set Avg. R + Avg. E >= 40 as something to aim for.

So, does it matter? I think it does. However, I definitely won't say it's the only deciding factor. Now mind you, there are some things to consider when looking at the data.

  1. Rosters aren't final yet; some teams only list 13 players, some list 20, and some have players listed that aren't with the team (Detroit still lists Macklin and Wilkins for example).
  2. The teams highlighted show that they were in the playoffs last year, not what is projected for this year.
  3. Teams will use between 8 and 12 players (at maximum) during the course of the season. The stats above represent all players on a teams roster, not those who were used most. If you want those stats, do them yourself. :)

It does appear that those who were in the playoffs last year (notwithstanding the changes they've made to their rosters) are somewhere around 35+. At the end of the season, I'm going to run the same chart to get a more accurate picture. There are some things that do look pretty accurate based on the chart above. New Orleans, Houston, and Cleveland (in MY personal opinion) aren't expected to do much and they have low combined values. However, to contradict the data some, Washington and Denver have low scores but I expect something from them. Boston, Brooklynn, Chicago, both L.A.'s, Miami, and New York all have combined values above or equal to 45, and they're all essentially locks for the playoffs. However, again, to contradict those, Atlanta and Dallas have a combined value of 45 or higher and they're outlying teams for the playoffs if you ask me.

Again, I know these "stats" aren't really anything to go on and I'm using partial data from last year (playoff teams) along with incomplete roster information. But I'm not using this chart to make any predictions. Was bored, thought it'd be a good discussion topic, and wanted to hear what you all had to chip in.

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