Best-Case, Worst-Case Franchises for Aging, Injured NBA Ballers to Land

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Best-Case, Worst-Case Franchises for Aging, Injured NBA Ballers to Land
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Injuries are the most unfortunate byproduct of professional sports. The inherent dangers associated with the rigorous physical demands exerted on the human body during a professional sporting event leaves even the world's greatest athletes at risk of serious injury.

Injuries can derail both real-life and fantasy seasons, frustrating fans, coaches and players along the way.

But given the wealth of information available in today's society (and thanks to some serious legwork by Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus), some statistics seem to suggest that injuries affect certain franchises more than others.

Why is it that some NBA teams seem to string together injury-free years while others would settle for an injury-free week? Luck is clearly a factor, but consistent injury-plagued seasons highlight the fact that some organizations simply employ superior training staffs.

The 2013 NBA free-agent class features a large crop of aging stars who will (or can) hit the market next summer. Manu Ginobili (35 years old), Ray Allen (37), Richard Hamilton (34), Paul Pierce (35) and David West (32) are just some of the aging players who could be spending their summer home shopping.

While opportunity, system and economics will all factor in their decisions, it would behoove these ballers to research how well their prospective employers have battled injuries.

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