May 16, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Nerlens Noel is interviewed during the NBA Draft combine at Harrison Street Athletics Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Futures Planning: Age factor for future success

Jun 12, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James addresses the media the day before game 4 of the 2013 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs at AT

Last week we reviewed what factors may play a role in Lebron James’ next decision the summer of 2014 which you should read here first. The 3 factors that will influence his, and other big time free agents, besides just “talent” is youth, big athleticism and shooting. Over the next week the teams found in the chart below will be subjectively judged on their combination of size with athleticism and their talent of shooters. Below you will find objective information regarding the age, as of the Summer of 2014, of the top 5 players on each of the selected teams. This information will be combined with the subjective data to do 2 things: 1) Judge the viability of the team for top free agents, including James and 2) Ranking the teams based on their 5 year future success. Where appropriate future draft picks will be noted, including this upcoming draft expectations. Starting off with the age chart below:


Chicago Bulls Cleveland Cavaliers Denver Nuggets
Derrick Rose 25 Kyrie Irving 22 Ty Lawsom 26
Joakim Noah 29 Dion Waiters 22 Kenneth Faried 24
Jimmy Butler 24 Tristan Thompson 23 Danilo Gallinari 25
Carlos Boozer 32 Anderson Varejao 31 Andre Iguodala 30
Taj Gibson 28 Tyler Zeller 24 JaVale McGee 26
Average 27.6   24.4   26.2
Golden State Warriors Houston Rockets Indiana Pacers
Steph Curry 26 James Harden 24 Paul George 24
Klay Thompson 24 Chandler Parsons 25 Roy Hibbert 27
Andrew Bogut 29 Jeremy Lin 25 David West 33
Harrison Barnes 22 Omer Asik 27 Lance Stephenson 23
David Lee 31 Terrence Jones 22 George Hill 28
Average 26.4   24.6   27
LA Clippers LA Lakers Miami Heat
Chris Paul 29 Kobe Bryant 35 LeBron James 29
Blake Griffen 25 Dwight Howard 28 Dwayne Wade 32
DeAndre Jordan 25 Pau Gasol 33 Chris Bosh 30
Eric Bledsoe 24 Steve Nash 40 Mario Chalmers 28
Caron Butler 34 Earl Clark 26 Norris Cole 25
Average 27.4   32.4   28.8
OKC Thunder Washington Wizards
Kevin Durant 25 John Wall 23
Russell Westbrook 25 Bradley Beal 20
Serge Ibaka 24 Jan Vesely 24
Kendrick Perkins 29 Emeka Okafor 31
Kevin Martin 31 Chris Singleton 24
Average 26.8   24.4

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