Last season one thing that drove me nuts listening to Colangelo/Casey interviews on the Raptors was hearing how young the team was. The reality was the Raptors were average around 14-15 in both years experience and age when compared to the rest of the league.
Fast forward to today and we can honestly say the Raptors are truly one of the youngest teams in the league.
When you remove Q-Richardson, because lets be real he'll never suit up for Toronto, the Raptors are on average 25.1 years old with 4.1 years experience.
That puts the Raptors are tied for 6th with 25.1 with Milwaukee and Houston (although technically 8th by a decimal place) and tied for 8th with 4.1 years experience.
Novak is the elder statesman at 30 years of age followed by Gray at 28 and a slew under 27 and under.
JV is the youngest on the team at 21 followed by Acy and Ross at 22.
When the season opens 10 players on the team will be between 24-27.
Next year when we hear about how young the team is I know I will be able to hear it without rolling my eyes and doing the jerk off motion. The team really is in the youngest 1/4 of the league next season. Talent is another debate, unfortunately.
As a somewhat relevant aside, I'm glad to see the roster being constructed as is. I'd much rather see short term manageable contracts to guys with upside (Buycks, Daye, Augustine, Hansbrough) versus past years older veterans (Butler, Carter, Magloire, Anderson).
I'm not sure if Ujiri did it purposely or not given Casey's history but next season we will not have to watch an older player with a limited future in Toronto take minutes from a player who could stay for years. That gives me reason for hope.
BTW, this is more of an FYI kind of thing. Never forget that talent wins and age is irrelevant unless you're trying to sell hope and potential to the fanbase.