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Forever Young?

10 Jan 2012

It’s easy to think of the Bulls as up-and-coming contenders who have a couple years to get past Miami and win a championship. I mean, they’ve got the youngest MVP in NBA history and a hungry, young supporting cast, right?

But as as Hoopism shows, the Bulls aren’t really that young. Their average age is 27.99 years, ninth-oldest in the NBA. When weighted for minutes played — i.e., when you take out Brian Scalabrine and John Lucas III — the average drops a fraction to 27.47 years, 12th in the league.

Rip Hamilton is 33. Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver are 30. Everyone else in the 10-man rotation, besides Derrick Rose, is between 25 and 27.

This isn’t to say the Bulls are an old team. No. 12 isn’t a bad place to be on this list. But for all the years of Rose greatness ahead of us, most of these guys are currently in their prime. The future is now.

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