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Miami Heat has third-youngest starting five in the Eastern Conference with no starter over 28 years old

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Stealth youth movement continues for the Miami Heat as their season winds down.

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Miami Heat generally aren’t in the mix when discussing young teams in the NBA, or in Miami’s instance, the Eastern Conference.

Yet in their latest iteration the average age of the Miami Heat starters, 24.4, trails only the New York Knicks, 23.2, and Atlanta Hawks, in youthfulness of the starting five.

The surprising number comes from the fact their oldest starters, Kelly Olynyk and Dion Waiters, are only 27 years of age, as of today, while most other teams have starters 30 years-old and over.

The Milwaukee Bucks have three starters 27 and over, the Toronto Raptors four of them, while the Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers have only one starter under 25 years of age.

Granted none of Miami’s first five have received All-Star or All-NBA status yet, the potential to grow into a contender next season and after that, remains a distinct possibility because of possible personal growth and their continuity playing together.

Some of that cohesiveness may be lost when the “Last Dance” has its final curtain call this season.

Having their own 2019 first-round draft, together with the upside of Derrick Jones Jr. and Yante Maten, gives Miami some solace upon the departure of the “Flash,” Dwyane Wade as he makes his final appearance on the NBA stage.

With expected arrival of Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, et al, can the continuity of the Heat’s young starters help the players make enough of a leap forward to overcome the infusion of new talent in the 2019-20 season?