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Are You Experienced?

Posted by Neil Paine on August 14, 2009

Here's a fun Friday data dump: Since 1968 (the advent of the modern 82-game schedule), which team assembled the most experienced roster? How about the least experienced roster?

The first question, though, is this: how exactly do you quantify "experience"? Well, maybe it's average career NBA games (going into the season) played by members of the team. In which case you'd see this list for the most experienced teams...

Player Year Ag Tm Pos PrvG
TreeRollins 1991 35 DET C 922
JamesEdwards 1991 35 DET C 871
VinnieJohnson 1991 34 DET G 842
JohnLong 1991 34 DET G 836
GeraldHenderson 1991 35 DET G 832
BillLaimbeer 1991 33 DET C 815
IsiahThomas 1991 29 DET G 716
MarkAguirre 1991 31 DET F 680
ScottHastings 1991 30 DET F 435
JoeDumars 1991 27 DET G 387
DennisRodman 1991 29 DET F 323
JohnSalley 1991 26 DET F 313
WilliamBedford 1991 27 DET C 130
LanceBlanks 1991 24 DET G 0
578.7
DetlefSchrempf 2001 38 POR F 1110
ScottiePippen 2001 35 POR F 965
RodStrickland 2001 34 POR G 873
ShawnKemp 2001 31 POR F 829
WillPerdue 2001 35 POR C 779
DaleDavis 2001 31 POR F 646
GregAnthony 2001 33 POR G 639
StaceyAugmon 2001 32 POR G 628
SteveSmith 2001 31 POR G 610
GaryGrant 2001 35 POR G 548
DamonStoudamire 2001 27 POR G 350
RasheedWallace 2001 26 POR F 334
ArvydasSabonis 2001 36 POR C 331
AntonioHarvey 2001 30 POR F 166
BonziWells 2001 24 POR G 73
ErickBarkley 2001 22 POR G 0
555.1
BuckWilliams 1998 37 NYK F 1266
TerryCummings 1998 36 NYK F 1081
HerbWilliams 1998 39 NYK C 1069
PatrickEwing 1998 35 NYK C 913
CharlesOakley 1998 34 NYK F 889
ChrisDudley 1998 32 NYK C 643
JohnStarks 1998 32 NYK G 556
LarryJohnson(II) 1998 28 NYK F 453
AnthonyBowie 1998 34 NYK G 434
PeteMyers 1998 34 NYK G 368
ChrisMills 1998 28 NYK F 319
AllanHouston 1998 26 NYK G 318
ChrisChilds 1998 30 NYK G 196
CharlieWard 1998 27 NYK G 151
BrooksThompson 1998 27 NYK G 138
BenDavis 1998 25 NYK F 20
555.1
JohnStockton 2000 37 UTA G 1176
KarlMalone 2000 36 UTA F 1110
JeffHornacek 2000 36 UTA G 1000
OldenPolynice 2000 35 UTA C 893
ArmonGilliam 2000 35 UTA F 879
PeteChilcutt 2000 31 UTA F 552
AdamKeefe 2000 29 UTA F 488
BryonRussell 2000 29 UTA F 402
HowardEisley 2000 27 UTA G 328
GregOstertag 2000 26 UTA C 245
JacqueVaughn 2000 24 UTA G 64
QuincyLewis 2000 22 UTA F 0
ScottPadgett 2000 23 UTA F 0
549.0
JohnStockton 2001 38 UTA G 1258
KarlMalone 2001 37 UTA F 1192
OldenPolynice 2001 36 UTA C 975
DannyManning 2001 34 UTA F 747
JohnStarks 2001 35 UTA G 725
BryonRussell 2001 30 UTA F 484
DavidBenoit 2001 32 UTA F 443
JohnCrotty 2001 31 UTA G 393
DonyellMarshall 2001 27 UTA F 380
GregOstertag 2001 27 UTA C 326
JacqueVaughn 2001 25 UTA G 142
QuincyLewis 2001 23 UTA F 74
ScottPadgett 2001 24 UTA F 47
DeShawnStevenson 2001 19 UTA G 0
513.3
DaleEllis 1998 37 SEA G 1040
SamPerkins 1998 36 SEA F 1012
JeromeKersey 1998 35 SEA F 977
DetlefSchrempf 1998 35 SEA F 905
NateMcMillan 1998 33 SEA G 778
HerseyHawkins 1998 31 SEA G 731
DavidWingate 1998 34 SEA G 654
GaryPayton 1998 29 SEA G 572
GregAnthony 1998 30 SEA G 427
VinBaker 1998 26 SEA F 324
JimMcIlvaine 1998 25 SEA C 217
EricSnow 1998 24 SEA G 157
GeorgeZidek 1998 24 SEA C 129
StephenHoward 1998 27 SEA F 107
AaronWilliams 1998 26 SEA F 54
JamesCotton 1998 22 SEA G 0
505.3
JeromeKersey 2000 37 SAS F 1059
TerryPorter 2000 36 SAS G 1054
AveryJohnson 2000 34 SAS G 755
DavidRobinson 2000 34 SAS C 685
SteveKerr 2000 34 SAS G 683
SeanElliott 2000 31 SAS F 671
ChuckyBrown 2000 31 SAS F 587
MarioElie 2000 36 SAS G 585
FeltonSpencer 2000 32 SAS C 564
JarenJackson 2000 32 SAS G 325
MalikRose 2000 25 SAS F 154
TimDuncan 2000 23 SAS F 132
SamakiWalker 2000 23 SAS F 123
AntonioDaniels 2000 24 SAS G 121
DerrickDial 2000 24 SAS G 0
499.9
JamesEdwards 1995 39 POR C 1112
BuckWilliams 1995 34 POR F 1040
OtisThorpe 1995 32 POR F 839
ClydeDrexler 1995 32 POR G 826
JeromeKersey 1995 32 POR F 768
TerryPorter 1995 31 POR G 723
HarveyGrant 1995 29 POR F 442
RodStrickland 1995 28 POR G 438
CliffordRobinson 1995 28 POR F 410
ChrisDudley 1995 29 POR C 400
MarkBryant 1995 29 POR F 382
NegeleKnight 1995 27 POR G 267
SteveHenson 1995 26 POR G 174
TracyMurray 1995 23 POR F 114
JamesRobinson 1995 24 POR G 58
AaronMcKie 1995 22 POR G 0
499.6
SamPerkins 2000 38 IND F 1141
ReggieMiller 2000 34 IND G 932
MarkJackson 2000 34 IND G 926
ChrisMullin 2000 36 IND F 919
DerrickMcKey 2000 33 IND F 798
RikSmits 2000 33 IND C 788
DaleDavis 2000 30 IND F 572
JalenRose 2000 27 IND G 358
TravisBest 2000 27 IND G 266
ZanTabak 2000 29 IND C 174
AustinCroshere 2000 24 IND F 53
AlHarrington 2000 19 IND F 21
JeffFoster 2000 23 IND F 0
JonathanBender 2000 19 IND F 0
496.3
EddieJohnson(II) 1998 38 HOU F 1121
ClydeDrexler 1998 35 HOU G 1016
HakeemOlajuwon 1998 35 HOU C 978
CharlesBarkley 1998 34 HOU F 943
KevinWillis 1998 35 HOU F 939
CharlesJones 1998 40 HOU F 692
MarioElie 1998 34 HOU G 465
MattBullard 1998 30 HOU F 359
BrentPrice 1998 29 HOU G 239
MattMaloney 1998 26 HOU G 82
OthellaHarrington 1998 24 HOU F 57
EmanualDavis 1998 29 HOU G 13
JoeStephens 1998 25 HOU F 2
RodrickRhodes 1998 24 HOU G 0
493.3
JohnStockton 2003 40 UTA G 1422
KarlMalone 2003 39 UTA F 1353
MarkJackson 2003 37 UTA G 1172
CalbertCheaney 2003 31 UTA F 568
TonyMassenburg 2003 35 UTA F 505
GregOstertag 2003 29 UTA C 481
JohnAmaechi 2003 32 UTA C 244
MattHarpring 2003 26 UTA F 191
ScottPadgett 2003 26 UTA F 149
DeShawnStevenson 2003 21 UTA G 107
AndreiKirilenko 2003 21 UTA F 82
JarronCollins 2003 24 UTA F 70
CarlosArroyo 2003 23 UTA G 37
490.8
SamPerkins 1999 37 IND F 1093
ReggieMiller 1999 33 IND G 882
MarkJackson 1999 33 IND G 877
ChrisMullin 1999 35 IND F 869
DerrickMcKey 1999 32 IND F 785
RikSmits 1999 32 IND C 739
DaleDavis 1999 29 IND F 522
AntonioDavis 1999 30 IND F 371
JalenRose 1999 26 IND G 309
TravisBest 1999 26 IND G 217
FredHoiberg 1999 26 IND G 127
MarkPope 1999 26 IND F 28
AustinCroshere 1999 23 IND F 26
AlHarrington 1999 18 IND F 0
488.9
RobertParish 1997 43 CHI C 1568
MichaelJordan 1997 33 CHI G 766
DennisRodman 1997 35 CHI F 741
ScottiePippen 1997 31 CHI F 707
RonHarper 1997 33 CHI G 689
BillWennington 1997 33 CHI C 566
SteveKerr 1997 31 CHI G 507
JudBuechler 1997 28 CHI F 339
RandyBrown 1997 28 CHI G 327
LucLongley 1997 28 CHI C 314
BisonDele 1997 27 CHI F 277
ToniKukoc 1997 28 CHI F 237
DickeySimpkins 1997 24 CHI F 119
JasonCaffey 1997 23 CHI F 57
MattSteigenga 1997 26 CHI F 0
480.9
KareemAbdul-Jabbar 1989 41 LAL C 1486
MichaelCooper 1989 32 LAL G 713
MychalThompson 1989 34 LAL C 713
MagicJohnson 1989 29 LAL G 639
JamesWorthy 1989 27 LAL F 471
OrlandoWoolridge 1989 29 LAL F 448
ByronScott 1989 27 LAL G 394
JeffLamp 1989 29 LAL F 254
A.C.Green 1989 25 LAL F 243
MarkMcNamara 1989 29 LAL C 204
TonyCampbell 1989 26 LAL F 191
DavidRivers 1989 24 LAL G 0
479.7
TerryCummings 1997 35 SEA F 992
SamPerkins 1997 35 SEA F 931
DetlefSchrempf 1997 34 SEA F 844
CraigEhlo 1997 35 SEA G 811
NateMcMillan 1997 32 SEA G 741
HerseyHawkins 1997 30 SEA G 649
DavidWingate 1997 33 SEA G 589
ShawnKemp 1997 27 SEA F 544
GaryPayton 1997 28 SEA G 490
LarryStewart 1997 28 SEA F 200
GregGraham 1997 26 SEA G 173
SteveScheffler 1997 29 SEA C 167
ElmoreSpencer 1997 27 SEA C 156
AntonioHarvey 1997 26 SEA F 141
JimMcIlvaine 1997 24 SEA C 135
EricSnow 1997 23 SEA G 43
475.4

And the most inexperienced rosters by the same metric...

Player Year Ag Tm Pos PrvG
ClydeMayes 1977 23 IND F 70
JohnWilliamson 1977 25 IND G 42
FreddieLewis 1977 33 IND G 32
JeromeAnderson 1977 23 IND G 22
BillyKnight 1977 24 IND G 0
DanRoundfield 1977 23 IND F 0
DarnellHillman 1977 27 IND F 0
DarrellElston 1977 24 IND G 0
DaveRobisch 1977 27 IND C 0
DonBuse 1977 26 IND G 0
LenElmore 1977 24 IND C 0
MelBennett 1977 22 IND F 0
MikeFlynn 1977 23 IND G 0
RudyHackett 1977 23 IND F 0
SteveGreen 1977 23 IND F 0
WilJones 1977 29 IND F 0
10.4
LouieNelson 1977 25 SAS G 187
MikeD'Antoni 1977 25 SAS G 128
AllanBristow 1977 25 SAS F 127
MackCalvin 1977 29 SAS G 29
BillyPaultz 1977 28 SAS C 0
CobyDietrick 1977 28 SAS C 0
GeorgeGervin 1977 24 SAS G 0
GeorgeKarl 1977 25 SAS G 0
HenryWard 1977 25 SAS G 0
JamesSilas 1977 27 SAS G 0
LarryKenon 1977 24 SAS F 0
LouieDampier 1977 32 SAS G 0
MarkOlberding 1977 20 SAS F 0
MikeGale 1977 26 SAS G 0
33.6
RonMercer 2001 24 CHI F 189
FredHoiberg 2001 28 CHI G 170
BryceDrew 2001 26 CHI G 106
BradMiller 2001 24 CHI C 93
EltonBrand 2001 21 CHI F 81
CoreyBenjamin 2001 22 CHI G 79
RonArtest 2001 21 CHI G 72
MichaelRuffin 2001 24 CHI F 71
A.J.Guyton 2001 22 CHI G 0
DaliborBagaric 2001 20 CHI C 0
DraganTarlac 2001 27 CHI C 0
JakeVoskuhl 2001 23 CHI C 0
JamalCrawford 2001 20 CHI G 0
KhalidEl-Amin 2001 21 CHI G 0
MarcusFizer 2001 22 CHI F 0
SteveGoodrich 2001 24 CHI F 0
53.8
JimPrice 1978 28 DEN G 352
DarnellHillman 1978 28 DEN F 127
RalphSimpson 1978 28 DEN G 109
BobbyJones 1978 26 DEN F 82
DavidThompson 1978 23 DEN G 82
DanIssel 1978 29 DEN C 79
BobWilkerson 1978 23 DEN G 78
MackCalvin 1978 30 DEN G 76
BrianTaylor 1978 26 DEN G 72
NormCook 1978 22 DEN F 25
JackyDorsey 1978 23 DEN F 4
AnthonyRoberts 1978 22 DEN F 0
BoEllis 1978 23 DEN F 0
RobertSmith 1978 22 DEN G 0
TomLaGarde 1978 22 DEN C 0
72.4
DonKojis 1969 30 SDR F 350
TobyKimball 1969 26 SDR F 119
JimBarnett 1969 24 SDR G 95
HankFinkel 1969 26 SDR C 80
PatRiley 1969 23 SDR G 80
ArtWilliams 1969 29 SDR G 79
JohnBlock 1969 24 SDR F 74
ElvinHayes 1969 23 SDR F 0
HarryBarnes 1969 23 SDR F 0
JohnTrapp 1969 23 SDR F 0
RickAdelman 1969 22 SDR G 0
StuLantz 1969 22 SDR G 0
73.1
GeorgeJohnson(III) 1984 27 IND F 326
ButchCarter 1984 25 IND G 210
JerrySichting 1984 27 IND G 176
HerbWilliams 1984 25 IND C 160
TracyJackson 1984 24 IND G 127
ClarkKellogg 1984 22 IND F 81
BrookSteppe 1984 24 IND G 62
KevinMcKenna 1984 25 IND G 36
BruceKuczenski 1984 22 IND F 0
GranvilleWaiters 1984 23 IND C 0
JimThomas 1984 23 IND G 0
LeroyCombs 1984 23 IND F 0
SidneyLowe 1984 24 IND G 0
SteveStipanovich 1984 23 IND C 0
84.1
MoLayton 1978 29 SAS G 223
AllanBristow 1978 26 SAS F 209
BillyPaultz 1978 29 SAS C 82
CobyDietrick 1978 29 SAS C 82
GeorgeGervin 1978 25 SAS G 82
JimEakins 1978 31 SAS C 82
MarkOlberding 1978 21 SAS F 82
MikeGale 1978 27 SAS G 82
LouieDampier 1978 33 SAS G 80
LarryKenon 1978 25 SAS F 78
MikeGreen 1978 26 SAS C 76
GeorgeKarl 1978 26 SAS G 29
JamesSilas 1978 28 SAS G 22
ScottSims 1978 22 SAS G 0
86.4
DerekHarper 1993 31 DAL G 707
RandyWhite 1993 25 DAL F 199
TerryDavis 1993 25 DAL F 186
MorlonWiley 1993 26 DAL G 178
DougSmith 1993 23 DAL F 76
MikeIuzzolino 1993 25 DAL G 52
DonaldHodge 1993 23 DAL C 51
TracyMoore 1993 27 DAL G 42
WalterPalmer 1993 24 DAL C 28
BrianHoward 1993 25 DAL F 27
TimLegler 1993 26 DAL G 21
LamontStrothers 1993 24 DAL G 4
SteveBardo 1993 24 DAL G 1
DexterCambridge 1993 23 DAL F 0
JimJackson 1993 22 DAL G 0
RadisavCurcic 1993 27 DAL C 0
SeanRooks 1993 23 DAL C 0
WalterBond 1993 24 DAL G 0
87.3
GregKelser 1985 27 IND F 295
JerrySichting 1985 28 IND G 256
HerbWilliams 1985 26 IND C 229
ClarkKellogg 1985 23 IND F 160
BillGarnett 1985 24 IND F 155
SteveStipanovich 1985 24 IND C 81
GranvilleWaiters 1985 24 IND C 78
JimThomas 1985 24 IND G 72
DevinDurrant 1985 24 IND F 0
KentonEdelin 1985 22 IND F 0
RalphJackson 1985 22 IND G 0
StuartGray 1985 21 IND C 0
TerenceStansbury 1985 23 IND G 0
TonyBrown 1985 24 IND F 0
VernFleming 1985 22 IND G 0
88.4
PaulSilas 1977 33 DEN F 927
JimPrice 1977 27 DEN G 271
ChuckWilliams 1977 30 DEN G 44
GusGerard 1977 23 DEN F 41
BobbyJones 1977 25 DEN F 0
ByronBeck 1977 32 DEN C 0
DanIssel 1977 28 DEN C 0
DavidThompson 1977 22 DEN G 0
FattyTaylor 1977 30 DEN G 0
MackCalvin 1977 29 DEN G 0
MarvinWebster 1977 24 DEN C 0
MonteTowe 1977 23 DEN G 0
TedMcClain 1977 30 DEN G 0
WillieWise 1977 29 DEN F 0
91.6
BenoitBenjamin 1990 25 LAC C 296
RonHarper 1990 26 LAC G 221
WinstonGarland 1990 25 LAC G 197
SteveHarris 1990 26 LAC G 192
KenBannister 1990 29 LAC F 154
KenNorman 1990 25 LAC F 146
ReggieWilliams 1990 25 LAC F 130
JoeWolf 1990 25 LAC F 108
JimLes 1990 26 LAC G 82
CharlesSmith 1990 24 LAC F 71
GaryGrant 1990 24 LAC G 71
TomGarrick 1990 23 LAC G 71
DavidRivers 1990 25 LAC G 47
AndreTurner 1990 25 LAC G 27
DannyManning 1990 23 LAC F 26
MichaelYoung 1990 29 LAC F 4
CarltonMcKinney 1990 25 LAC G 0
JayEdwards 1990 21 LAC G 0
JeffMartin 1990 23 LAC G 0
TorgeirBryn 1990 25 LAC C 0
92.2
WaltWesley 1972 27 CLE C 366
LutherRackley 1972 25 CLE C 202
BingoSmith 1972 25 CLE F 152
RickRoberson 1972 24 CLE C 139
JohnWarren 1972 24 CLE G 126
DaveSorenson 1972 23 CLE F 79
ButchBeard 1972 24 CLE G 72
JohnJohnson 1972 24 CLE F 67
BobbyWashington 1972 24 CLE G 47
GregHoward 1972 24 CLE F 44
AustinCarr 1972 23 CLE G 0
CharlieDavis 1972 22 CLE G 0
JackieRidgle 1972 23 CLE G 0
StevePatterson 1972 23 CLE C 0
92.4
SamLacey 1977 28 KCK C 482
OllieJohnson 1977 27 KCK F 311
ScottWedman 1977 24 KCK F 162
BillRobinzine 1977 24 KCK F 75
GlennHansen 1977 24 KCK G 66
BobBigelow 1977 23 KCK F 31
AndreMcCarter 1977 23 KCK G 0
BrianTaylor 1977 25 KCK G 0
JimEakins 1977 30 KCK C 0
MikeBarr 1977 26 KCK G 0
RichardWashington 1977 21 KCK F 0
RonBoone 1977 30 KCK G 0
93.9
MikeBantom 1978 26 IND F 308
RonBehagen 1978 27 IND F 287
RickySobers 1978 25 IND G 157
DaveRobisch 1978 28 IND C 135
AdrianDantley 1978 21 IND F 133
BobbyWilson(II) 1978 27 IND G 131
MikeFlynn 1978 24 IND G 73
JohnWilliamson 1978 26 IND G 72
SteveGreen 1978 24 IND F 70
EarlTatum 1978 24 IND G 68
MelBennett 1978 23 IND F 67
JohnnyNeumann 1978 26 IND G 63
DanRoundfield 1978 24 IND F 61
BobCarrington 1978 24 IND G 37
LenElmore 1978 25 IND C 6
WillieSmith 1978 24 IND G 2
JamesEdwards 1978 22 IND C 0
98.2
JonSundvold 1991 29 MIA G 475
BillyThompson 1991 27 MIA F 226
GrantLong 1991 24 MIA F 163
KevinEdwards 1991 25 MIA G 157
RonySeikaly 1991 25 MIA C 152
ShermanDouglas 1991 24 MIA G 81
GlenRice 1991 23 MIA F 77
TerryDavis 1991 23 MIA F 63
MiltWagner 1991 27 MIA G 40
AlanOgg 1991 23 MIA C 0
AlecKessler 1991 24 MIA F 0
BimboColes 1991 22 MIA G 0
KeithAskins 1991 23 MIA G 0
WillieBurton 1991 22 MIA F 0
102.4

It's no surprise that the list is littered with ABA refugees from 1977, '78, etc. They simply retained most of the players they had used during the final pre-merger season, players who had ABA experience but technically no NBA games played to their name. But what's the excuse for some of these other teams?

Here's one more way of looking at experienced/inexperienced teams: why don't we use the same method, but instead of averaging career games played by roster members, we average career NBA minutes? That would yield this list:

Player Year Ag Tm Pos PrvMP
BuckWilliams 1998 37 NYK F 41726
PatrickEwing 1998 35 NYK C 33403
TerryCummings 1998 36 NYK F 31960
CharlesOakley 1998 34 NYK F 28793
HerbWilliams 1998 39 NYK C 28272
LarryJohnson(II) 1998 28 NYK F 17248
JohnStarks 1998 32 NYK G 15399
ChrisDudley 1998 32 NYK C 13368
ChrisMills 1998 28 NYK F 11063
AllanHouston 1998 26 NYK G 9268
AnthonyBowie 1998 34 NYK G 8125
PeteMyers 1998 34 NYK G 5999
ChrisChilds 1998 30 NYK G 5505
CharlieWard 1998 27 NYK G 2594
BrooksThompson 1998 27 NYK G 1547
BenDavis 1998 25 NYK F 98
15898.0
ScottiePippen 2001 35 POR F 34617
DetlefSchrempf 2001 38 POR F 33200
RodStrickland 2001 34 POR G 28640
ShawnKemp 2001 31 POR F 25345
SteveSmith 2001 31 POR G 21391
DaleDavis 2001 31 POR F 19084
StaceyAugmon 2001 32 POR G 15831
GregAnthony 2001 33 POR G 13480
DamonStoudamire 2001 27 POR G 13060
GaryGrant 2001 35 POR G 12585
WillPerdue 2001 35 POR C 12302
RasheedWallace 2001 26 POR F 10835
ArvydasSabonis 2001 36 POR C 8867
AntonioHarvey 2001 30 POR F 1803
BonziWells 2001 24 POR G 1197
ErickBarkley 2001 22 POR G 0
15764.8
BillLaimbeer 1991 33 DET C 26873
IsiahThomas 1991 29 DET G 26269
JamesEdwards 1991 35 DET C 23390
MarkAguirre 1991 31 DET F 22227
JohnLong 1991 34 DET G 22054
TreeRollins 1991 35 DET C 22020
VinnieJohnson 1991 34 DET G 20568
GeraldHenderson 1991 35 DET G 18368
JoeDumars 1991 27 DET G 12114
DennisRodman 1991 29 DET F 7887
JohnSalley 1991 26 DET F 6838
ScottHastings 1991 30 DET F 4781
WilliamBedford 1991 27 DET C 1523
LanceBlanks 1991 24 DET G 0
15350.9
WiltChamberlain 1972 35 LAL C 40848
ElginBaylor 1972 37 LAL F 33624
JerryWest 1972 33 LAL G 30171
LeroyEllis 1972 31 LAL C 18336
HappyHairston 1972 29 LAL F 15726
GailGoodrich 1972 28 LAL G 14123
KeithErickson 1972 27 LAL F 10358
FlynnRobinson 1972 30 LAL G 9932
PatRiley 1972 26 LAL G 3270
JohnTrapp 1972 26 LAL F 3247
JimMcMillian 1972 23 LAL F 1747
JimCleamons 1972 22 LAL G 0
15115.2
KarlMalone 2000 36 UTA F 41661
JohnStockton 2000 37 UTA G 38094
JeffHornacek 2000 36 UTA G 31831
ArmonGilliam 2000 35 UTA F 25639
OldenPolynice 2000 35 UTA C 21434
BryonRussell 2000 29 UTA F 9072
AdamKeefe 2000 29 UTA F 8894
PeteChilcutt 2000 31 UTA F 8140
HowardEisley 2000 27 UTA G 5360
GregOstertag 2000 26 UTA C 5107
JacqueVaughn 2000 24 UTA G 506
QuincyLewis 2000 22 UTA F 0
ScottPadgett 2000 23 UTA F 0
15056.8
SamPerkins 2000 38 IND F 33979
ReggieMiller 2000 34 IND G 32086
ChrisMullin 2000 36 IND F 31207
MarkJackson 2000 34 IND G 29932
DerrickMcKey 2000 33 IND F 24824
RikSmits 2000 33 IND C 21248
DaleDavis 2000 30 IND F 16957
JalenRose 2000 27 IND G 8064
TravisBest 2000 27 IND G 5225
ZanTabak 2000 29 IND C 2716
AustinCroshere 2000 24 IND F 492
AlHarrington 2000 19 IND F 160
JeffFoster 2000 23 IND F 0
JonathanBender 2000 19 IND F 0
14777.9
KareemAbdul-Jabbar 1989 41 LAL C 55751
MagicJohnson 1989 29 LAL G 23531
MychalThompson 1989 34 LAL C 22810
MichaelCooper 1989 32 LAL G 19841
JamesWorthy 1989 27 LAL F 15009
OrlandoWoolridge 1989 29 LAL F 13683
ByronScott 1989 27 LAL G 11909
A.C.Green 1989 25 LAL F 6418
JeffLamp 1989 29 LAL F 3295
TonyCampbell 1989 26 LAL F 2491
MarkMcNamara 1989 29 LAL C 2186
DavidRivers 1989 24 LAL G 0
14743.7
SamPerkins 1999 37 IND F 33190
ReggieMiller 1999 33 IND G 30299
ChrisMullin 1999 35 IND F 30028
MarkJackson 1999 33 IND G 28550
DerrickMcKey 1999 32 IND F 24580
RikSmits 1999 32 IND C 19977
DaleDavis 1999 29 IND F 15583
AntonioDavis 1999 30 IND F 9380
JalenRose 1999 26 IND G 6826
TravisBest 1999 26 IND G 4182
FredHoiberg 1999 26 IND G 1531
AustinCroshere 1999 23 IND F 243
MarkPope 1999 26 IND F 193
AlHarrington 1999 18 IND F 0
14611.6
HakeemOlajuwon 1998 35 HOU C 36833
ClydeDrexler 1998 35 HOU G 35064
CharlesBarkley 1998 34 HOU F 34941
EddieJohnson(II) 1998 38 HOU F 31096
KevinWillis 1998 35 HOU F 28644
CharlesJones 1998 40 HOU F 13330
MarioElie 1998 34 HOU G 11652
MattBullard 1998 30 HOU F 4907
BrentPrice 1998 29 HOU G 4326
MattMaloney 1998 26 HOU G 2386
OthellaHarrington 1998 24 HOU F 860
EmanualDavis 1998 29 HOU G 230
JoeStephens 1998 25 HOU F 9
RodrickRhodes 1998 24 HOU G 0
14591.3
KarlMalone 2003 39 UTA F 50543
JohnStockton 2003 40 UTA G 45489
MarkJackson 2003 37 UTA G 37077
CalbertCheaney 2003 31 UTA F 16191
TonyMassenburg 2003 35 UTA F 10005
GregOstertag 2003 29 UTA C 9311
MattHarpring 2003 26 UTA F 5332
JohnAmaechi 2003 32 UTA C 4337
AndreiKirilenko 2003 21 UTA F 2151
ScottPadgett 2003 26 UTA F 1854
JarronCollins 2003 24 UTA F 1441
DeShawnStevenson 2003 21 UTA G 1427
CarlosArroyo 2003 23 UTA G 371
14271.5
KarlMalone 2001 37 UTA F 44608
JohnStockton 2001 38 UTA G 40526
OldenPolynice 2001 36 UTA C 23253
DannyManning 2001 34 UTA F 22256
JohnStarks 2001 35 UTA G 20463
BryonRussell 2001 30 UTA F 11972
DonyellMarshall 2001 27 UTA F 9974
DavidBenoit 2001 32 UTA F 8868
GregOstertag 2001 27 UTA C 6713
JohnCrotty 2001 31 UTA G 4549
JacqueVaughn 2001 25 UTA G 1390
QuincyLewis 2001 23 UTA F 896
ScottPadgett 2001 24 UTA F 432
DeShawnStevenson 2001 19 UTA G 0
13992.9
SamPerkins 1998 36 SEA F 31515
DaleEllis 1998 37 SEA G 31043
DetlefSchrempf 1998 35 SEA F 27031
HerseyHawkins 1998 31 SEA G 25490
JeromeKersey 1998 35 SEA F 25146
NateMcMillan 1998 33 SEA G 20183
GaryPayton 1998 29 SEA G 19612
DavidWingate 1998 34 SEA G 12564
VinBaker 1998 26 SEA F 12399
GregAnthony 1998 30 SEA G 10105
JimMcIlvaine 1998 25 SEA C 3206
EricSnow 1998 24 SEA G 2008
GeorgeZidek 1998 24 SEA C 1306
StephenHoward 1998 27 SEA F 731
AaronWilliams 1998 26 SEA F 647
JamesCotton 1998 22 SEA G 0
13936.6
BuckWilliams 1995 34 POR F 36136
OtisThorpe 1995 32 POR F 28252
ClydeDrexler 1995 32 POR G 28068
JamesEdwards 1995 39 POR C 27816
TerryPorter 1995 31 POR G 23208
JeromeKersey 1995 32 POR F 20617
HarveyGrant 1995 29 POR F 13048
RodStrickland 1995 28 POR G 12990
CliffordRobinson 1995 28 POR F 11057
ChrisDudley 1995 29 POR C 7359
MarkBryant 1995 29 POR F 5783
NegeleKnight 1995 27 POR G 4414
SteveHenson 1995 26 POR G 1812
TracyMurray 1995 23 POR F 1315
JamesRobinson 1995 24 POR G 673
AaronMcKie 1995 22 POR G 0
13909.3
GaryPayton 2007 38 MIA G 45614
ShaquilleO'Neal 2007 34 MIA C 34792
EddieJones 2007 35 MIA F 30261
AntoineWalker 2007 30 MIA F 28821
AlonzoMourning 2007 36 MIA C 24015
JasonWilliams 2007 31 MIA G 17438
JamesPosey 2007 30 MIA F 14810
DwyaneWade 2007 25 MIA G 7992
MichaelDoleac 2007 29 MIA C 7836
UdonisHaslem 2007 26 MIA F 6961
JasonKapono 2007 25 MIA F 2583
WayneSimien 2007 23 MIA F 414
DorellWright 2007 21 MIA G 159
EarlBarron 2007 25 MIA C 45
ChrisQuinn 2007 23 MIA G 0
RobertHite 2007 23 MIA G 0
13858.8
KarlMalone 2004 40 LAL F 53479
GaryPayton 2004 35 LAL G 37943
HoraceGrant 2004 38 LAL F 37515
ShaquilleO'Neal 2004 31 LAL C 28030
RickFox 2004 34 LAL G 22877
BryonRussell 2004 33 LAL F 17830
KobeBryant 2004 25 LAL G 16827
DerekFisher 2004 29 LAL G 11127
DeveanGeorge 2004 26 LAL G 4310
StanislavMedvedenko 2004 24 LAL F 1387
KareemRush 2004 23 LAL G 872
JanneroPargo 2004 24 LAL G 757
MauriceCarter 2004 27 LAL G 60
JamalSampson 2004 20 LAL F 8
BrianCook 2004 23 LAL F 0
ImeUdoka 2004 26 LAL F 0
LukeWalton 2004 23 LAL F 0
13707.2

And this one for the least experienced rosters since '68:

Player Year Ag Tm Pos PrvMP
JohnWilliamson 1977 25 IND G 1426
ClydeMayes 1977 23 IND F 972
FreddieLewis 1977 33 IND G 334
JeromeAnderson 1977 23 IND G 126
BillyKnight 1977 24 IND G 0
DanRoundfield 1977 23 IND F 0
DarnellHillman 1977 27 IND F 0
DarrellElston 1977 24 IND G 0
DaveRobisch 1977 27 IND C 0
DonBuse 1977 26 IND G 0
LenElmore 1977 24 IND C 0
MelBennett 1977 22 IND F 0
MikeFlynn 1977 23 IND G 0
RudyHackett 1977 23 IND F 0
SteveGreen 1977 23 IND F 0
WilJones 1977 29 IND F 0
178.6
LouieNelson 1977 25 SAS G 4484
MikeD'Antoni 1977 25 SAS G 1849
AllanBristow 1977 25 SAS F 1744
MackCalvin 1977 29 SAS G 625
BillyPaultz 1977 28 SAS C 0
CobyDietrick 1977 28 SAS C 0
GeorgeGervin 1977 24 SAS G 0
GeorgeKarl 1977 25 SAS G 0
HenryWard 1977 25 SAS G 0
JamesSilas 1977 27 SAS G 0
LarryKenon 1977 24 SAS F 0
LouieDampier 1977 32 SAS G 0
MarkOlberding 1977 20 SAS F 0
MikeGale 1977 26 SAS G 0
621.6
RonMercer 2001 24 CHI F 6590
EltonBrand 2001 21 CHI F 2999
FredHoiberg 2001 28 CHI G 2463
RonArtest 2001 21 CHI G 2238
BryceDrew 2001 26 CHI G 1734
BradMiller 2001 24 CHI C 1430
CoreyBenjamin 2001 22 CHI G 1182
MichaelRuffin 2001 24 CHI F 975
A.J.Guyton 2001 22 CHI G 0
DaliborBagaric 2001 20 CHI C 0
DraganTarlac 2001 27 CHI C 0
JakeVoskuhl 2001 23 CHI C 0
JamalCrawford 2001 20 CHI G 0
KhalidEl-Amin 2001 21 CHI G 0
MarcusFizer 2001 22 CHI F 0
SteveGoodrich 2001 24 CHI F 0
1225.7
DonKojis 1969 30 SDR F 6970
TobyKimball 1969 26 SDR F 2741
JohnBlock 1969 24 SDR F 1923
ArtWilliams 1969 29 SDR G 1739
JimBarnett 1969 24 SDR G 1451
PatRiley 1969 23 SDR G 1263
HankFinkel 1969 26 SDR C 1257
ElvinHayes 1969 23 SDR F 0
HarryBarnes 1969 23 SDR F 0
JohnTrapp 1969 23 SDR F 0
RickAdelman 1969 22 SDR G 0
StuLantz 1969 22 SDR G 0
1445.3
GeorgeJohnson(III) 1984 27 IND F 7042
HerbWilliams 1984 25 IND C 4790
JerrySichting 1984 27 IND G 3685
ButchCarter 1984 25 IND G 3423
ClarkKellogg 1984 22 IND F 2761
TracyJackson 1984 24 IND G 1787
BrookSteppe 1984 24 IND G 606
KevinMcKenna 1984 25 IND G 237
BruceKuczenski 1984 22 IND F 0
GranvilleWaiters 1984 23 IND C 0
JimThomas 1984 23 IND G 0
LeroyCombs 1984 23 IND F 0
SidneyLowe 1984 24 IND G 0
SteveStipanovich 1984 23 IND C 0
1737.9
WaltWesley 1972 27 CLE C 6993
BingoSmith 1972 25 CLE F 3530
LutherRackley 1972 25 CLE C 3308
RickRoberson 1972 24 CLE C 2914
JohnWarren 1972 24 CLE G 2882
JohnJohnson 1972 24 CLE F 2310
DaveSorenson 1972 23 CLE F 1940
ButchBeard 1972 24 CLE G 941
BobbyWashington 1972 24 CLE G 823
GregHoward 1972 24 CLE F 426
AustinCarr 1972 23 CLE G 0
CharlieDavis 1972 22 CLE G 0
JackieRidgle 1972 23 CLE G 0
StevePatterson 1972 23 CLE C 0
1861.9
EmBryant 1971 32 BUF G 8091
GeorgeWilson 1971 28 BUF C 5055
FreddieCrawford 1971 29 BUF G 4844
BobKauffman 1971 24 BUF F 2435
DickGarrett 1971 24 BUF G 2318
NateBowman 1971 27 BUF C 1688
MikeDavis 1971 24 BUF G 1330
HermGilliam 1971 24 BUF G 1161
DonMay 1971 25 BUF F 798
BillHosket 1971 24 BUF F 586
MikeLynn 1971 25 BUF F 403
PaulLong 1971 26 BUF G 223
CornellWarner 1971 22 BUF F 0
JohnHummer 1971 22 BUF F 0
MikeSilliman 1971 26 BUF F 0
1928.8
JimPrice 1978 28 DEN G 9679
DarnellHillman 1978 28 DEN F 3522
DavidThompson 1978 23 DEN G 3001
DanIssel 1978 29 DEN C 2507
BrianTaylor 1978 26 DEN G 2488
BobbyJones 1978 26 DEN F 2419
RalphSimpson 1978 28 DEN G 2336
BobWilkerson 1978 23 DEN G 1552
MackCalvin 1978 30 DEN G 1438
NormCook 1978 22 DEN F 138
JackyDorsey 1978 23 DEN F 51
AnthonyRoberts 1978 22 DEN F 0
BoEllis 1978 23 DEN F 0
RobertSmith 1978 22 DEN G 0
TomLaGarde 1978 22 DEN C 0
1942.1
MoLayton 1978 29 SAS G 3931
AllanBristow 1978 26 SAS F 3761
LarryKenon 1978 25 SAS F 2936
GeorgeGervin 1978 25 SAS G 2705
BillyPaultz 1978 29 SAS C 2694
MikeGale 1978 27 SAS G 2598
MarkOlberding 1978 21 SAS F 1949
MikeGreen 1978 26 SAS C 1928
CobyDietrick 1978 29 SAS C 1772
LouieDampier 1978 33 SAS G 1634
JimEakins 1978 31 SAS C 1338
JamesSilas 1978 28 SAS G 356
GeorgeKarl 1978 26 SAS G 251
ScottSims 1978 22 SAS G 0
1989.5
DerekHarper 1993 31 DAL G 22774
TerryDavis 1993 25 DAL F 4029
RandyWhite 1993 25 DAL F 3629
MorlonWiley 1993 26 DAL G 2266
DougSmith 1993 23 DAL F 1707
MikeIuzzolino 1993 25 DAL G 1280
DonaldHodge 1993 23 DAL C 1058
TracyMoore 1993 27 DAL G 782
BrianHoward 1993 25 DAL F 318
TimLegler 1993 26 DAL G 231
WalterPalmer 1993 24 DAL C 85
LamontStrothers 1993 24 DAL G 17
SteveBardo 1993 24 DAL G 1
DexterCambridge 1993 23 DAL F 0
JimJackson 1993 22 DAL G 0
RadisavCurcic 1993 27 DAL C 0
SeanRooks 1993 23 DAL C 0
WalterBond 1993 24 DAL G 0
2120.9
HerbWilliams 1985 26 IND C 7069
JerrySichting 1985 28 IND G 6182
GregKelser 1985 27 IND F 5918
ClarkKellogg 1985 23 IND F 5437
BillGarnett 1985 24 IND F 2940
SteveStipanovich 1985 24 IND C 2426
JimThomas 1985 24 IND G 1219
GranvilleWaiters 1985 24 IND C 1040
DevinDurrant 1985 24 IND F 0
KentonEdelin 1985 22 IND F 0
RalphJackson 1985 22 IND G 0
StuartGray 1985 21 IND C 0
TerenceStansbury 1985 23 IND G 0
TonyBrown 1985 24 IND F 0
VernFleming 1985 22 IND G 0
2148.7
McCoyMcLemore 1969 26 PHO F 7590
DickVanArsdale 1969 25 PHO G 7529
GailGoodrich 1969 25 PHO G 4845
GeorgeWilson 1969 26 PHO C 2373
DickSnyder 1969 25 PHO G 2298
BobWarlick 1969 27 PHO G 1463
NeilJohnson 1969 25 PHO F 808
StanMcKenzie 1969 24 PHO F 653
JimFox 1969 25 PHO C 624
DaveLattin 1969 25 PHO F 257
EdBiedenbach 1969 23 PHO G 0
GaryGregor 1969 23 PHO F 0
RodKnowles 1969 22 PHO F 0
2187.7
MikeBantom 1978 26 IND F 7701
RonBehagen 1978 27 IND F 7167
AdrianDantley 1978 21 IND F 4801
RickySobers 1978 25 IND G 3903
DaveRobisch 1978 28 IND C 2645
JohnWilliamson 1978 26 IND G 2481
DanRoundfield 1978 24 IND F 1645
BobbyWilson(II) 1978 27 IND G 1412
MikeFlynn 1978 24 IND G 1324
EarlTatum 1978 24 IND G 1249
BobCarrington 1978 24 IND G 1032
JohnnyNeumann 1978 26 IND G 937
SteveGreen 1978 24 IND F 918
MelBennett 1978 23 IND F 911
LenElmore 1978 25 IND C 46
WillieSmith 1978 24 IND G 11
JamesEdwards 1978 22 IND C 0
2246.1
ReggieWilliams 1993 28 DEN F 7422
ScottHastings 1993 32 DEN F 5315
ToddLichti 1993 26 DEN G 3362
MahmoudAbdul-Rauf 1993 23 DEN G 3043
TomHammonds 1993 25 DEN F 2812
DikembeMutombo 1993 26 DEN C 2716
MarcusLiberty 1993 24 DEN F 2698
MarkMacon 1993 23 DEN G 2304
RobertPack 1993 23 DEN G 894
GaryPlummer 1993 30 DEN F 702
KevinBrooks 1993 23 DEN F 270
BryantStith 1993 22 DEN G 0
LaPhonsoEllis 1993 22 DEN F 0
RobertWerdann 1993 22 DEN C 0
2252.7
BenoitBenjamin 1990 25 LAC C 9074
RonHarper 1990 26 LAC G 7745
WinstonGarland 1990 25 LAC G 5674
KenNorman 1990 25 LAC F 4455
KenBannister 1990 29 LAC F 2939
SteveHarris 1990 26 LAC G 2747
ReggieWilliams 1990 25 LAC F 2702
JoeWolf 1990 25 LAC F 2587
CharlesSmith 1990 24 LAC F 2161
GaryGrant 1990 24 LAC G 1924
TomGarrick 1990 23 LAC G 1499
DannyManning 1990 23 LAC F 950
JimLes 1990 26 LAC G 781
DavidRivers 1990 25 LAC G 440
AndreTurner 1990 25 LAC G 214
MichaelYoung 1990 29 LAC F 13
CarltonMcKinney 1990 25 LAC G 0
JayEdwards 1990 21 LAC G 0
JeffMartin 1990 23 LAC G 0
TorgeirBryn 1990 25 LAC C 0
2295.3

Again, lots of overlap, and a lot of former ABA teams being called "inexperienced" perhaps unfairly (ABA experience may not have been as good as NBA experience, but it was better than nothing, right?). Also, can you spot the flaw in the "most experienced" lists? They're very much biased toward modern teams, and it's not because today's players have so much more longevity than past eras, either. It's because there are more teams now than ever before -- 30, to be exact -- whereas there were only 12 teams at the start of the 82-game schedule in 1968, and even in the 80s there were only 23 franchises for the majority of the decade.

Expansion creates more roster spots, which in turn means more opportunities to accumulate NBA games and minutes than ever before. You can argue that the talent pool has increased dramatically since 1968 -- and you'd get no argument here (the influx of foreign-born players and preps-to-pros/one-and-dones has certainly added a great deal of talent that would not have been available back in the sixties) -- but I still wonder if it truly has increased almost threefold in the past 40 years, or if it's just comparably "easier" to get NBA experience now than ever before.

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6 Responses to “Are You Experienced?”

  1. schtevie Says:

    Neil,

    Wouldn't a better approach to expressing the concept of team experience be to weight individual players' past experience by the reference season's actual minutes played? Having various éminences grises riding the pines might be good for mentoring and all that, but that is a different concept than what I think you are trying to get at.

  2. Neil Paine Says:

    That's definitely something I'll do as a sequel. This time around, though, I wanted to capture what kind of experience the coach had at his disposal, regardless of whether he was inclined to actually play the guy or not.

  3. Jason J Says:

    The two NBA champions on the "experienced" list measured by total games, the 1997 Bulls and 1989 Lakers, were both mature clubs, but they were also made much more mature by their very old centers Kareem and Parish, who had more than twice as many total games as any one else on their respective teams. That said there are some pretty strong teams of old guys out there including a few conference finalists as well.

  4. Chuck M Says:

    Just to clarify, the 1989 Lakers did not win the NBA title. The Pistons beat them in the Finals.

  5. Jason J Says:

    good call, chuck. got my '88 and '89 mixed up. so the only title winners were the '97 bulls, and the old man who may have got them onto this list was parish who very rarely played.

  6. MCT Says:

    Note that the '77 Kings, who appear on one of the "least experienced" lists, are also here for ABA-related reasons, even though they had not come from the ABA. Of the six players they used with zero games of NBA experience, four had come from the ABA.