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Heat, not Spurs, are the Finals’ old team

Jun 5, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

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We mentioned this before, but the Heat are older than the Spurs.

Using Basketball-Reference.com’s season age for each player and weighting for minutes played, the Heat’s average age is 30.0 during the playoffs. That makes them the NBA’s oldest postseason team this year.

The Spurs check in with an average age of 28.7 during the playoffs, which ranks as sixth-oldest.

Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and San Antonio’s long-held stability give the perception that San Antonio is old, but here are the complete objective rankings:

1. Heat, 30.02. Celtics, 29.73. Knicks, 29.64. Lakers, 29.25. Clippers, 29.16. Spurs, 28.77. Nets, 28.58. Grizzlies, 27.99. Bulls, 27.510. Hawks, 27.311. Thunder, 26.912. Nuggets, 26.413. Bucks, 26.114. Pacers, 25.615. Rockets, 25.416. Warriors, 24.6

  1. rickyspanish - Jun 5, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    This wasn’t new a few days ago when you posted it.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      okay, fair enough, so where is all the young teams?
      wtf cares about the age thing, it is a average.

  2. 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jun 5, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    the spurs get the “old’ label due to the big three, which fans that look at more than them would have already known this. Just like us heat fans already know we’re old, due to our role players..its just based off our big three vs their big three is where the deception lies

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 5, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Wonder what it is if you take away Juwan Howard.

    Wait a minute….why do I care? This is the least important PBT column I think I’ve ever seen.

    • packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      The article clearly states that the formula is produced by weighing age and minutes played. Juwan has not played and therefore is not skewing anything.

      Wait, why do I care to correct you? I’m talking to a Heat fan who probably won’t understand any of this.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        Take it easy Laverne & Shirley. Training camp starts in July. Save your strength

  4. asimonetti88 - Jun 5, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Wtf? How do the Lakers have an average age under 30? Even our bench seems ancient!

  5. vikesdynasty - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Lakers? Uhh derp they weren’t in playoffs

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      wait what

  6. jbeagles23 - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    You’re jokin about the lakers not being in the playoffs right

  7. iowahbr - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Not really on point to this article but in advance of the finals (and I know that this is NBA blasphemy) could we cut the play-offs from16 teams to 8. Preseason starts in October and now we might be almost to July before we get an NBA champ. You have to be really bad to not make the 16 team list and I think it helps produce too many regular season garbage games.

  8. jaerba - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    The problem with the raw age average is that even though the Spurs are younger adjusted by minute, the Heat expect less things out of their older players. The brunt of the work is handled by the big 3 in their prime and the older players mostly have a singular role to play, like defense or hit open 3′s.

    Allen and Battier don’t have to play great for the Heat to win. For the Spurs, Ginobli and Duncan do.

  9. anhdazman - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    Why even factor in the 9th-12th men, they never even set foot on the court. Benches don’t count.
    Use the average age for the players actually playing and having minutes on the court.

    • jaerba - Jun 6, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      Uh… that’s exactly what the article is doing. o.o

      “Using Basketball-Reference.com’s season age for each player and weighting for minutes played”

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