Successful teams require a combination of experience and youth. I do not believe anyone would argue with that premise. If you have all rookies you are not likely to win. Likewise if everyone is about to retire it is not likely you will be too successful either. So what is the right balance? With youth you are stronger and faster, have fewer injuries and are generally more athletic. With age you have a better understanding of the game, have developed more skills and that experience gives you a competitive advantage, but you have nagging injuries take longer to heal and you generally lose your athletic edge.
If you take a look at the top 6 teams in the NBA based on Playoffs they included: Miami, San Antonio, Indiana, Memphis, New York and Chicago. If you review the complete roster for the year, the average age was 27.95 years old. If you pare that down to the top 8 scorers for each team then the age creeps up to 28.14 years old. If you look specifically at the Finals between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs the top 8 players for each team included 4 players that were 30 years old or older which makes 8 all together. Simply put, the teams that competed for the NBA Championship had an average of 9 years experience amongst the 16 players that played the majority of minutes in the playoffs.
Now if you compare the bottom 6 teams in the NBA last year they included: Orlando, Cleveland, Charlotte, Phoenix, New Orleans and Sacramento. It should not be a surprise that the average age of the the rosters for these 6 teams was 25.51 years old. When you pare it down to the top 8 scorers for each team the average age is 24.56 years old. That is almost 4 years experience different between the top of the league and the bottom of the league. When you look at the Kings whom were only the 4th youngest team out of the bottom 6 teams, only Chuck Hayes, Francisco Garcia and John Salmons made up the 30 and over club and only John Salmons was in the top 8 in scoring and minutes.
My conclusion is this. The Kings will have more success if their roster incorporates players with more experience. It does not matter if the Kings sign a contract to a player that is in his 30s. So long as the current production warrants that contract. A player with a history of durability that has a few grey hairs is better than a player with no history of durability nor any history of winning at an NBA level. To much emphasis is being placed on building for tomorrow based on potential and hope. The Kings need a small forward and too many folks on STR are scared to grab a grizzled vet when our first choice should be a veteran who has won an NBA championship or been an all-star who still has some gas left in the tank. Another Veteran Post Player that can still play above the rim and hit a mid-range jumper would be a great thing to have in lieu of spare parts that occupy the current Kings' bench.
Stop putting forth the arguments that a Paul Pierce or Andre Ingoudala wouldn't help get this team to the playoffs. Once the Kings get to the Playoffs they will become more attractive to free agents thus making the next step towards a championchip more attainable faster. If only Oklahoma had a few more vets maybe this would have been their year. You like David West or Paul Milsap and they are getting up there in years...so what, get them in here. Waiting for the draft to solve all our problems is not a complete answer. Tell me your thoughts and why you think getting older is either crazy of exactly what the Kings need to do.