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Starring the Lakers in fall ‘21: OLD

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With acquisitions of Trevor Ariza, Dwight Howard, Wayne Ellington and Kent Bazemore, a lot of people were wondering just how old the current Lakers are in historical context - well, here's an answer:

After trading for 32-year old Russell Westbrook, and acquiring 36-year old Trevor Ariza, 32-year old Kent Bazemore, 33-year old Wayne Ellington, and 35-year old Dwight Howard through free agency, combined with the 5 returning members under contract for next season, the LA Lakers currently have a 9-man roster with an average age of 33.0. Their oldest player as of now is 36-year old LeBron James and their youngest player is 28-year old Anthony Davis.

This comfortably beats out the 2015-16 San Antonio Spurs (31.6 yr) for the oldest team (in terms of average age) in the last 15 seasons. That Spurs team had 39-year old Tim Duncan as their oldest player and 22-year old Kyle Anderson as their youngest.

Here are a couple of other interesting facts as a bonus:

  • Even if the Lakers re-sign 20-year old Talen Horton-Tucker, they'd still be ahead of the Spurs for the oldest team in such span with an average roster age of 31.7 years old.

  • The Lakers will maintain this record if their next 6 players acquired (that complete the 15-man roster) have an average age over 29.5.

  • The Lakers will become the 8th team in the same span (last 17 seasons) to have an average roster age of 30 or more years old if their next 6 players acquired (that complete the 15-man roster) have an average age over 25.5.

  • If the above scenario is fulfilled, LeBron James will have been part of 4 of the 8 oldest teams in the last 17 seasons ('22 Lakers, '14 Heat, '13 Heat, '11 Heat).

  • The 7 teams prior to this season who had an average roster age above 30 years old have had very different results - 1 suffered a 1st Round exit ('10 Mavericks), 2 suffered a 2nd Round exit ('13 Knicks, '16 Spurs), 1 suffered a Conference Finals exit ('08 Spurs), 2 lost in the Finals ('11 Heat, '14 Heat) and 1 won a title ('13 Heat).

Edit: After bringing back Talen Horton-Tucker on a new deal and signing Malik Monk, Kendrick Nunn and Carmelo Anthony via free agency, the Lakers currently sit at an average age of 31.0 years old, now becoming the 5th oldest team in such span.

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