The Suns have a lot of promising young talent, and they put it on full display Thursday night against the Nets as Phoenixbrought out the youngest starting lineup in NBA history.
Phoenix startedTyler Ulis(21),Devin Booker(20),Derrick Jones Jr.(20),Marquese Chriss(19) andAlex Len(23), bringing together an average age of21 years and14 days. The young group got off to a fast start, taking a 32-22 first-quarter lead over Brooklyn, but it didn't last.
Even though they suffered a126-98 loss, the Suns have to come away impressed with this starting five. There were three double-doubles amongthe starters with Chriss (23 points, 11 rebounds), Len (11 points, 11 rebounds) and Ulis (10 points, 12 assists) playing well. Then there's Booker, who led the team in scoring with 28 points and has played well all season long.
The lineup was younger than seven of the eight NCAA Tournament teams that played Thursday night, with only Purdue being older. The younger players were given more playing time as veterans sat because ofthe Suns' poor record (22-49 entering the game).