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Old 08-13-2006, 06:13 PM   #1
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PLAYER (Age on team), (teams played for at time), (draft position)

OLYMPIC GAMES IN BARCELONA 1992

Jordan Michael (29) (1) (3rd)
Bird Larry (34) (1) (6th)
Johnson Magic (33) (1) (1st)
Barkley Charles (29) (2) (5th)
Robinson David (27) (1) (1st)
Mullin Chris (29) (1) (7th)
Stockton John (30) (1) (16th)
Pippen Scottie (27) (1 Draft day trade) (5th)
Laettner Christian (23) (N/A) (3rd)
Ewing Pat (30) (1) (1st)
Malone Karl (29) (1) (13th)
Drexler Clyde (30) (1) (14th)

AVERAGES (29.2 years old). (1.1 teams played for) (6.25 draft position)

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2006

Carmelo Anthony (22) (1) (3rd)
Gilbert Arenas (24) (2) (30th)
Shane Battier (28) (2) (6th)
Chris Bosh (22) (1) (4th)
Bruce Bowen (35) (4 (not counting Miami twice)) (undrafted 60th)
Elton Brand (27) (2) (1st)
Kirk Hinrich (25) (1) (7th)
Dwight Howard (21) (1) (1st)
LeBron James (22) (1) (1st)
Antawn Jamison (30) (3) (4th)
Joe Johnson (25) (3) (10th)
Brad Miller (30) (4) (Undrafted 60th)
Chris Paul (21) (1) (4th)
Amare Stoudemire (24) (1) (9th)
Dwyane Wade (24) (1) (5th)

AVERAGES (23.75 years old). (1.75 Teams played for). (12.8 draft position)




Now, these are just raw numbers, and I'm not totally sure what to make of them. I'm not presenting them to disparage the current team. To me, they make more of a statement about the current state of the league. These guys are on average 5-6 years younger than the original team, but have changed teams more regularly. Are teams finding that many flaws with players, that they're this quick to change the direction of a franchise? The Bird Rights rule make it more beneficial for a player to stay with their current team, but they're still moving more. Their draft positions makes it seem like teams are missing more than they once did. The high school gamble has a lot to do with this obviously.

More than anything, I think it shows a greater lack of stability in the league than ever before. And if you made a team of the leagues "best" players, not much would change. Shaq's moved twice. McGrady's moved twice. Vince Carter has moved. The age would increase, and the draft status would move closer to the original team's range. But it would still indicate a less stable situation.
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Old 08-13-2006, 06:23 PM   #2
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Pretty neat stat there. Its amazing how much has changed. The youth movement is in full stride.Could a team of damn 29 year olds even be comprised in this day and age to make a USA team? Or could a team of 24 year olds be comprised back then?
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Old 08-13-2006, 06:40 PM   #3
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you forgot kobe
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Old 08-13-2006, 06:42 PM   #4
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Yeah, it's the current roster. So he's not listed.
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