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While the records of the Thunder and Heat show their superior skill, it also shows that they might be at the right place at the right time.
While there are obviously a lot of great players in the NBA, some of the best are getting a little up in age. While Paul Pierce and Kobe Bryant are just 34 and 33, respectively, LeBron is just 27. Six or seven years can make a huge difference in performance, especially during the postseason, when players have already been going at it for months.
Now don't get me wrong, Kobe and Paul Pierce are still part of the NBA elite, but they're the grizzled veterans. They're the old guard in the league, while players like Durant and Westbrook, who are only 23, are bringing up a new era of players.
The big three of the Heat have the average age of 28.3 years, while the Celtics big three averages 35 years old. The same thing can be seen with Durant and the Thunder. In the west, the young Thunder, led by Durant and Westbrook, are the second seed to the much older San Antonio Spurs. While the Celtics, Spurs and other older players are still good, they're on their way down. LeBron, Kevin Durant and company are on their way up.