To many people, there are two ways to win in the modern NBA. Either a team can exploit their youth and try to wear down an opponent by speeding up the game, or they can rely on savvy, veteran talent that might not make jaw-dropping plays but knows what to do when a game is on the line.
Beyond just their style of basketball, the collective age of a team has an impact on how they carry themselves, their cohesiveness and how much upside they have going forward.
These two styles of play have been evident in the 2012-13 season.
Young squads like the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder love to force the issue and get opponents backpedaling to make them pay in the open court, while clubs like the New York Knicks are more about working the ball in the half court and playing a grind-it-out style of basketball.
Now, let us take a look at the five youngest and oldest teams in the NBA and see how they have been performing thus far.
Statistics accurate as of Jan. 24, 2013. Ages courtesy of HispanosNBA.com.