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|
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.
- 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).
- The teams highlighted show that they were in the playoffs last year, not what is projected for this year.
- 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.