The question of how Flip Saunders tries to go about coaching the youngest team he's coached in over a decade and a half (possibly ever) was always something on my list of topics to explore, even before 20Q was conceived. That said, the question became even more relevant after Michael Lee revealed this nugget earlier in the week.
He has already tried to connect with his youngsters by coming up with an idea for a Midnight Madness practice that will help the rookies get their first NBA practice out the way at the time when their emotions and nerves are high.
Evidently, Saunders knows this is a legitimate question too. It's not his fault, but it's worth noting that it's been a long time since his players have been this young. With that said, here's our next question:
Will Saunders be patient enough to maximize the development of such a young team like this?
To underscore the contrast between the teams Saunders has coached in the more recent past, here are all the ways to illustrate just how young the Wizards will be next season.
- They have four rookies.
- Not a single player on the roster was born in the 1970s.
- The team has seven players who are 25 or younger.
- The team has nine players (if you include Adam Morrison, who may not make the active roster) that have yet to sign a second contract past their slotted rookie deals.
- The three oldies on the team -- Josh Howard, Kirk Hinrich and Gilbert Arenas -- are 30, 29 and 28, respectively.
- The average age of the seven other players expected to garner the ten most minutes on the roster is 22.1.