One of the popular narratives of the season for the New York Knicks has been their age. Before any game was even played, many were talking about how the Knicks’ roster is far too old. The average team age is the highest of any team in NBA history. The Knicks’ two rookies are 28 and 35 years old. The youngest player on the Knicks is Iman Shumpert at 22, the next youngest? J.R. Smith at 27. A common theme when the Knicks’ age was brought up was how they would have to deal with injuries. This was both fair and accurate, as New York has been bullied by injuries all season long. What wasn’t discussed at all was what kind of “old” are the Knicks?
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.