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The San Antonio Spurs now possess the two oldest players in the NBA

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Following the acquisition of 17-year veteran Andre Miller, the San Antonio Spurs is now the home for the two oldest players in the league today.

Miller and Spurs legend Tim Duncan are both 39-years-old with their 40th birthdays approaching before the season's end. The Texas franchise sported an average age of 30.5 prior to Miller's arrival, some six-years-older than the league's youngest Utah Jazz (24.1).

The second-placed outfit in the Western Conference also waived 24-year-old Ray McCallum Jr. to make room for Miller - their second youngest player.

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With eight of the 15 players on their roster north of 30, perhaps it lends a degree of credence to the importance of experience when pursuing an NBA title.

The Spurs do have the second-best record in the entire league and look like they can make a deep playoff push this season. Players like Manu Ginobili - 38-years-old himself - and the aforementioned Duncan have seen it all before, but continually seem to find more tread on their well-worn tyres.

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Robert Parish, of the Chicago Bulls in 1997, is the oldest player to win an NBA Championship at the tender age of 43. As a 7'0" center, many might argue that it's easier to retain your rebounding and shot blocking powers in the winter of your career.

For a point guard, like Miller, remaining as explosive as a veteran is a tall order. But, the basketball IQ never deserts them.

Steph Curry's recent, and almost alien triumphs support the notion that the modern-day NBA is all about spacing the floor and perimeter shooting. It could be argued that style of play isn't conducive to old heads, but the Spurs have defied those concerns all season long.

Spurs v Nuggets

Miller - who was the NBA league leader for assists in 2002 - will serve as a backup to Tony Parker at the one spot, but, even Duncan has been used more smartly this season, sacrificing on average almost five minutes on the court compared to the last five years of his career.

Veterans have their place on a roster and the Spurs have a wonderful balance that their core players have represented down the years.

The two oldest players in the NBA after Duncan and Miller? Kevin Garnett and Vince Carter - two 39-year-olds with 23 All-Star appearances between them that are helping to guide the Minnesota Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies respectively.

Garnett is considered one of the greatest power forwards to ever grace the game and 'Vinsanity' is appreciated as one of the very best dunkers in history.

Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett celebrates

In Miller and Duncan, the Spurs have two seasoned pros who know the value of a professional approach and retaining focus when the crunch games arrive.

The playoffs are mere months away and head coach Greg Popovich may have just made yet another intelligent play as he looks to dethrone the Golden State Warriors this summer.

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NBA
San Antonio Spurs
Southwest Division
Western Conference
Tim Duncan

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