January 22, 2014
By Alex Boeder
Minutes and Years
Most of the starting five of the Bucks, the other night, was born in the 1990s.
Ages went like this: 22, 22, 19, 26, 25.
Something like that is now typical here in Milwaukee and just about nowhere else.
As the graph above shows (hat-tip, BucksPR), this is the second youngest team in the league, by a measure. You don’t win anything for being young (you may have noticed). Then again, that starting lineup is on the way up, an important cut of the team is on the way up. There is no exact prime age for a player, some have said 26, some have said 27, others a little older.
Anyway, people who were born right around Clifford Robinson’s prime are playing a lot. And more importantly, these guys are playing relatively well, earning minutes.
PERs and Ages
So, the top six players on the Bucks in terms of PER this season are almost exactly the six youngest players on the team.
Then there is Larry Sanders, 25 years old, who doesn’t make it right now. Yet he is a good bet to make the top three by the end of the season. And he is clearly one of the best players on the team regardless.
Now, this is just one all-encompassing stat, but the general point remains.
Guilty: This transition is just a reason to feel nostalgic about 1990s NBA. This, this is a visual look at what the Bucks were up to on the night the youngest Bucks (the ones not yet 26) were born. Or the closest night. (Thanks, basketball-reference.com, for all you do.)
Giannis Antetokounmpo (19 years old)
Born: December 6, 1994
Born: December 2, 1991
Born: August 12, 1991
Nate Wolters (22 years old)
Born: May 15, 1991
Born: December 28, 1990
Born: November 21, 1988
Writing and the Bucks. Two of my passions. So it is good to be here. I have reported on media row for just about every Bucks home game since 2009. I started writing for the Bucks in 2012. Before that, I co-founded and wrote for BrewHoop. I have written for the Milwaukee Brewers, SB Nation, ESPN Milwaukee, Slam Online, and so on. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @alexboeder or email me at email@example.com.