OKC Thunder Roll Out is one of the youngest starting lines in NBA history

The Oklahoma City Thunder are clearly reusing their schedule as they build toward controversy down the road. While the current roster is for young players, the Thunder also has a good mix of veterans on the team. However, Monday night against the Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City make history with one of the youngest starting lines in NBA history.

While they typically start two 34-year-olds in George Hill and Al Horford, those two veterans will miss the game Monday. In their places, Theo Maledon will start guard while Isaiah Roby starts in the middle. This leads to a starting line with an average age of 21 years and 185 days.

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (22 years, 197 days)
  • Theo Maledon (19 years, 227 days)
  • Lu Dort (21 years, 281 days)
  • Darius Bazley (20 years, 227 days)
  • Isaiah Roby (22 years, 357 days)

The youngest starting lineup in NBA history was in 2017 when the Phoenix Suns averaged 21 years and 14 days. This puts the Thunder right behind them with their very young starting set.

This will be a great opportunity to see who this Thunder team will be down the road. Not only will these five starters be critical pieces of their heart moving forward, but 19-year-old Aleksej Pokusevski and 22-year-old Hamidou Diallo are likely to be two of the first players off the bench. against Portland.

With three potential first-round points in the upcoming 2021 NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder will only continue to get younger and more talented. With player development as their top priority, this could be a team knocking on the door of the playoffs in just a season or two.