Miami Heat, Not San Antonio Spurs, Looking Old in 2014 NBA Finals
For years there has been an old and boring stigma whenever one would mention the San Antonio Spurs. The presence of the Spurs’ big three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili who have been winning rings together since 2003 definitely make the Spurs seem old, but San Antonio has retooled their roster with some younger players who are ready to take over.
Guys like Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Patty Mills are far from old and have proven to very valuable to the Spurs during the Finals. Right now the Spurs have the Miami Heat on the ropes holding a 3-1 series lead with the series heading back to San Antonio for Game 5.
As the Spurs have gotten younger, the Heat have become a pretty old team. This season the Heat had an average age of 30.3 years old which is the oldest of any NBA team. For Miami their youngest starter is Mario Chalmers who is 28 years old and has had a terrible Finals series. The youngest rotation player for Miami is Norris Cole who backs up Chalmers and hasn’t been too hot either.
The Heat have a gang of young guys who routinely sit on the bench in suits and aren’t much of a factor when they do play. Miami’s main two guys off the bench are Ray Allen and Chris Andersen, one of whom is 38 and the other who is 35 years old, which is old as dirt in NBA years. The bench has been a concern for Miami, but realistically the starters haven’t done very well against the Spurs’ smooth ball moving offense either.
With their backs against the wall, it looks like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will have to put on a magical performance to stay alive. It’ll have to be those three to step up because the others just aren’t. Regardless of how this series ends, the Heat desperately need to retool their roster with some younger players. It’s very ironic, but it’s now the Heat, not the Spurs, who are the old ones.