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Are The Knicks Really The Oldest Team In History?

Last season, the Knicks’ average age was 26.27, good for 21st in the league. After a transaction filled off-season, the Knicks are set to climb the rankings, probably taking over the top spot. This off-season, the Knicks acquired the, experienced, likes of Jason Kidd, Pablo Prigioni, Kurt Thomas and Marcus Camby. Combining those additions with the departures of younger Knicks, like Jeremy Lin, Josh Harrellson, Jerome Jordan, to name a few, the Knicks’ average age sky-rocketed.

Currently, the Knicks have 13 players with guaranteed contracts for the upcoming season. It’s expected that Rasheed Wallace will be signing in the very near future, and since he’s another older player, we’ll include him in these calculations.

  • Iman Shumpert, 22
  • Ronnie Brewer, 27
  • JR Smith, 27
  • Carmelo Anthony, 28
  • Raymond Felton, 28
  • Tyson Chandler, 29
  • Steve Novak, 29
  • Amare Stoudemire, 29
  • James White, 29
  • Pablo Prigioni, 35
  • Marcus Camby, 38
  • Jason Kidd, 39
  • Kurt Thomas, 39
  • Rasheed Wallace, 38

Based off of that, the team’s average age is 31.21, significantly higher than last year’s average age of 26.27, which was good for 21st in the league. But, that number is not taking account the fact that today is Tyson Chandler’s birthday, and Kurt Thomas will enter his fourth decade of existence tomorrow. Re-adjusting with those ages, we get an average age of 31.36.

The Wall Street Jounal has said, “assuming Rasheed Wallace signs, their top 13 players would be, on average, 32 years and 240 days old—the oldest team in NBA history, according to Stats LLC. No team has ever gotten so much older from one season to the next.” This is somewhat true, considering the fact that if you exclude Iman Shumpert, the rest of the 13 Knicks have an average age in the 32′s, compared to the 1997-1998 Knicks’ average age of 31.5. But, I don’t think it’s quite fair to count out Shumpert, since if we took the average age of the oldest 13 Knicks form the ’97-’98 squad, we’d come up with an average age of 32.77, higher than the WSJ’s 32 years and 240 days old value for this year’s team.

So, no, the Knicks aren’t the oldest team in NBA history, but they’re pretty close. I don’t think this is a bad thing, as the team’s main guys are still in their prime, and just the backups are experienced veterans.

  • SomeGuy32

    you aren’t calculating average age correctly – you need to use their exact ages (days included…) – that’s why your average is too low

    • Jonah Kaner

      Yeah, I know I wasn’t as accurate as I could be, but the main point was to show that they took the oldest 13 guys on the roster and by doing the same with the ’97-’98 team, it would be evident they were older.