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Can Miami Heat run with a roster that’s older than you think?

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Miami may have to rely more on experience than speed alone to make the playoffs.

Goran Dragic

Surprisingly, after all the roster changes over the summer, the average of Miami Heat's training camp roster is 26.7, which is higher than the 26.0 average age of all NBA teams heading into pre-season. The Cavaliers and Clippers are the oldest teams at 29.2 and 29.4 respectfully, while the Trail Blazers and 76ers are the youngest ones at 24.1 and 24.2.

TEAM PL AGE EXP RANK
Portland Trail Blazers 17 24.1 2.9 1
Philadelphia 76ers 20 24.2 2.6 2
Boston Celtics 18 24.4 3.6 3
Toronto Raptors 16 24.4 3.3 4
Phoenix Suns 15 24.7 4.5 5
Denver Nuggets 20 24.8 3.8 6
Detroit Pistons 16 24.8 3.1 7
Orlando Magic 19 25.1 3.6 8
Washington Wizards 18 25.2 3.3 9
Milwaukee Bucks 19 25.3 3.9 10
Charlotte Hornets 16 25.4 4.8 11
Chicago Bulls 15 25.5 3.9 12
Utah Jazz 18 25.6 4.2 13
Brooklyn Nets 18 25.7 3.2 14
Los Angeles Lakers 17 25.7 3.8 15
Oklahoma City Thunder 18 25.8 4.1 16
New Orleans Pelicans 18 26.1 4.4 17
New York Knicks 17 26.1 3.9 18
Memphis Grizzlies 18 26.2 5.0 19
Minnesota Timberwolves 17 26.3 4.5 20
Sacramento Kings 17 26.3 5.1 21
Houston Rockets 19 26.4 4.5 22
Indiana Pacers 17 26.7 5.8 23
Miami Heat 19 26.7 4.9 24
Golden State Warriors 17 27.1 6.3 25
San Antonio Spurs 17 27.2 5.3 26
Dallas Mavericks 18 27.3 4.7 27
Atlanta Hawks 17 27.4 5.4 28
Cleveland Cavaliers 16 29.2 5.4 29
Los Angeles Clippers 15 29.4 8.3 30
Average 17 26.0 4.5 ---

The youngest teams are short on experience, while veteran teams tend to be on the wrong side of the peak-performance curve. The Heat have a nice blend of being less than a year above the average, but having more reps than most teams.

The Clippers, at 29.4 years-old with 8.3 years experience, and Cleveland Cavaliers, at 29.2 years-old with 7.7 years experience, stand out as the senior teams of the league by being almost two years older than the 28th oldest team.

Surprisingly the Trail Blazers are the youngest team, followed by three teams in the Heat's Eastern Conference division. Miami's faster pace offense may not work when 12 teams in their division are younger than them.

Only three teams, the Chicago Bulls, Clippers and Phoenix Suns don't have plans to cut players from their training day rosters. Six teams, the Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, Houston Rockets and Heat have four or five players they have to release for further seasoning and as insurance policies for unforeseen events later on.

The Heat may be younger than last season, but 23 teams are younger than them. They may have to rely more on their experience than speed alone.