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Suns use youngest starting lineup in NBA history

Devin Booker

Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker (1) celebrates after scoring during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, March 23, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)


The Suns have shut down their veterans or been shut down by their veterans with two goals in mind – developing young talent and tanking.

Incidentally, Phoenix also made history.

Against the Nets last night, the Suns started:

  • Tyler Ulis (21)
  • Devin Booker (20)
  • Derrick Jones Jr. (20)
  • Marquese Chriss (19)
  • Alex Len (23)


Elias on ESPN:

The previous youngest was the Clippers’ starting five consisting of guards Eric Bledsoe and Eric Gordon, forwards Al-Farouq Aminu and Blake Griffin, and center DeAndre Jordan, who averaged 21 years and 143 days old in a matchup with the Nets on November 15, 2010.

The young Suns gained quality experience – and helped their team to an important loss, 126-98 to Brooklyn.

Phoenix is still 1.5 games “behind” the Lakers for the No. 2 seed in the lottery, but the Suns are within striking distance in case the Lakers screw up and win too much down the stretch.