NYT: Is Age Tipping the Balance in the N.B.A.?

Mike Kurylo in the New York Times:

A simple explanation for the shift in balance among these teams is age. Six of Dallas’ top eight players (ranked by minutes played) are 32 or older. Of the Celtics’ top eight, six are 31 or older. Comparatively, the Sixers (Elton Brand) and Knicks (Mike Bibby) each have one player over 30 in the eight-man rotation, and both teams have made improvements from last year.

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10 thoughts to “NYT: Is Age Tipping the Balance in the N.B.A.?”

  1. Do you think they just went over the cliff, so to speak, or it’s the compressed schedule?

  2. Nick C.:
    Do you think they just went over the cliff, so to speak, or it’s the compressed schedule?

    little from column a, little from colum b.

  3. terrible article, sorry. you wildly overestimate NY, there’s a reason Memphis is favored by 4.5 points.

  4. DRed:
    terrible article, sorry. you wildly overestimate NY, there’s a reason Memphis is favored by 4.5 points.

    :)

  5. Mike, I’m glad you underscored the aging out of some of these elite teams. God, it happens in every sport. The old Knicks and Clyde sadly comes to mind. This factor is clearly relevant now with, as pointed out, the short schedule and lack of preparation. Although, perhaps the reduction in training and preseason wear may ultimately accrue to the benefit of some of the older players. Wouldn’t that be strange? Even though the Knicks aren’t all oldsters like some of the players on teams you cited, Coach better be careful about playing time for Stat and Chandler. On another note, it’s pretty cool seeing your name next to a NY Times article. Kudos. Mike, keep up the great work.

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