The Phoenix Suns have a lot of promising talent, and they put it on full display on Thursday against the Brooklyn Nets by fielding the youngest starting line-up in NBA history.
Phoenix started Tyler Ulis (21), Devin Booker (20), Derrick Jones Jr. (20), Marquese Chriss (19) and Alex Len (23), giving the team an average age of 21 years and 14 days.
The young group got off to a fast start, taking a 32-22 first-quarter lead over Brooklyn, but it did not last.
Even though they suffered a 126-98 loss, the Suns have to come away impressed with this starting five.
There were three double-doubles among the starters with Chriss (23 points, 11 rebounds), Len (11 points, 11 rebounds) and Ulis (10 points, 12 assists) playing well. Then there is Booker, who led the team in scoring with 28 points and has impressed all season long.
The lineup was younger than seven of the eight NCAA Tournament teams that played on Thursday. Only Purdue (20 years, 265 days) had a lower average age.
The youngsters were given more time on court as veterans rested because of the Suns' 22-49 record.