For the past couple of months, the jokes have been coming out non-stop as it regards to the age of the New York Knicks.
Head coach Mike Woodson wanted more experienced players and he sure got them, but while the Knicks look like they have depth on paper, what they’ve actually done is make a team like the San Antonio Spurs look young.
In the process the Knicks have become the oldest team in NBA history.
By adding the likes of Jason Kidd (age 39), Kurt Thomas (39), Marcus Camby (38), Argentinian “rookie” Pablo Prigioni (35) and Rasheed Wallace (38) the Knicks not only have four of the six oldest players in the league, but have an average age of 32 years and 240 days old—the oldest team in NBA history by far.
In addition, the Knicks had an average age of 27 years and 300 days old just a season ago, meaning they have added close to five years of age per player. No team in history has added close to that much age from one year to the next.
While the Knicks have experience on paper, there have to be plenty of concerns of whether or not this experiment of adding one veteran after another will work.
Just looking at their competitors in the Atlantic Division, the Celtics can bring athletes such as Jeff Green, Avery Bradley, Jason Terry and Jared Sullinger off the bench. The Sixers can throw the ultra-athletic Thaddeus Young and Nick Young off the pine. The Nets and Raptors also have younger and more athletic benches that could give the Knicks problems.
It’s nice to add veterans with pedigrees, but at what cost?
This Knicks team will be short on athleticism and that could come back to bite them.
There’s also the concern of endurance and if their old legs will hold up through the course of an 82-game season plus a payoff run.
Right now, the Knicks overall age gives them far more questions than answers.
This is a franchise looking to make history after so many down seasons. It looks like they already have.