Suns Starting Lineup Youngest Ever for NBA Team

Ross Houston
March 24, 2017

Also amusing: 15 of the 16 teams playing in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen this weekend have an OLDER starting lineup than the Phoenix Suns.

On Thursday night, the five men who comprised the Suns' starting lineup had an average age of 21 years and 14 days, setting a new National Basketball Association record for youth by over four months.

While the Nets were posting their most lopsided home win of the season and sixth in the last 13 games, it was another tough night for the Suns, who dressed only nine players as Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight and Tyson Chandler were held out to rest.

Besides McDaniels and Booker, the other reserves in double figures for the Nets were Goodwin (12), Acy (12), Isaiah Whitehead (11) and Justin Hamilton (10). He tallied 28 points on 9 of 26 shooting, including 3 for 9 from the 3-point line against Brooklyn.

The Brooklyn Nets used a big second and third quarter to achieve their first two-game winning streak of the season on Thursday against the Phoenix Suns. DeMar DeRozan had 42 points with eight assists and seven rebounds in the victory.

That averaged out to 21 years and 14 days old. Booker and Chriss were the only two regular Suns starters in the lineup as the team is going with younger players down the stretch. In their 112-97 win over the Suns as 11.5-point favorites on Tuesday night, Hassan Whiteside finished with 23 points and a team-high 14 rebounds while Goran Dragic scored 16 points with four boards.

The Nets netted a season-high 81 points from their bench, outscoring the Suns 81-22.

Phoenix also is 1-8 since beating the Boston Celtics on March 5 and 2-10 in its past 12 road games since January 22.

So just how young was this starting five?

The Phoenix Suns are struggling this season and it is evident in the standings with their 22-50 record. Jones, Len and Ulis have started only 33 games combined this season for a team that got blown out by the 15-win Nets.

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