Very interesting article on The Painted Area about the effective age of Championship teams throughout the league’s history. Well worth a read.
Effective age = average age of team weighted by minutes played
Two notes I enjoyed below but check out the full article for specific ages on individual Championship teams. Interesting read.
How do the respective eras match up over time?
That’s what makes it fairly remarkable that the ’60s were just a whisker away from ranking as the second-oldest decade for average effective age of championship winners.
Plus this note on J-Kidd
Here’s the complete list of players aged 37+ who’ve started for championship teams:
• 1988 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 40 yrs, 2 mos (2308 min/28.9 mpg)
• 1987 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 39-2 (2441/31.3)
• 2003 David Robinson: 37-10 (1676/26.2)
• 1985 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 37-2 (2630/33.3)
• 1998 Dennis Rodman: 37-1 (2856/35.7)
All bigs other than Kidd. Kidd will become the oldest guard to start a Finals game, the oldest player other than Kareem, period. And if the Mavs win it all, he’ll become the oldest title-winning player to lead his team in minutes. All as a guard, where speed should matter more. Just amazing longevity from the Hall of Famer.