There is an eye popping and very fitting statistic that the Warriors and Cavaliers share. As of today, the top four players on each team have the EXACT same average age: 27.75 years old.
Core Four Ages:
Stephen Curry: 29
Kevin Durant: 28
Klay Thompson: 27
Draymond Green: 27
29 + 28 + 27 + 27 = 141.
141/4 = 27.75
Lebron James: 32
Kevin Love 28
Tristan Thompson: 26
Kyrie Irving 25
32 + 28 + 26 + 25 = 141
141/4 = 27.75
This identical average age is quite a coincidence–and hints at the continued dominance that these teams may enjoy for the next few years.
With the likely third consecutive meeting these teams could have in the upcoming NBA Finals, referred to as ”The Trilogy”, the shared age of these team’s top four players speaks to the core of these teams being in their prime years. In addition, considering the Warriors and Cavs are a combined 23-1 in the playoffs so far this year, how many years in a row could these two teams face off in the NBA finals? Barring injury, it could easily be a few more years.
The biggest short term threat to the Warriors are the aging Spurs, who enter the off season with very little salary cap space. Barring the Spurs adding free agent Chris Paul and getting a discount from him, it will be difficult for the Spurs to pass the Warriors next season.
The Celtics, on the other hand, are young and will also have maximum salary cap space this off season. So the Celtics could not only find their way to the finals this season and cancel the Trilogy, they could also drastically improve very quickly.
In the history of the salary cap, no team has ever entered the off season with maximum space and had the number one pick in the draft while also sporting the best regular season record in their conference. So even if the Celtics lose the Cavs this year, they will be entering the offseason with their own trilogy of hope for the future. If the Celtics are able to sign free agent Gordon Hayward and reunite him with his college coach Brad Stevens, as well as add a few other pieces, they could pose a serious threat to the Cavaliers playoff dominance.
But given that 27.75 number and names like Lebron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and Stephen Curry–there could be quite a few sequels to the Warriors vs. Cavaliers Trilogy.