Ten times in NBA history, a team has had a trio of scorers which averaged at least 57 points a game and were a combined age of younger than 70. The teams, with their cumulative age:
1. 2009 Thunder 62.1
Kevin Durant, Jeff Green and Russell Westbrook led Oklahoma City to a 23-59 record.
2. 1982 Pistons 67.5
John Long, Kelly Tripucka and Isiah Thomas led Detroit to 39-43 record. Two years later, Pistons began a long playoff streak, but Tripucka and Long were gone by the time Pistons made NBA Finals in 1988.
Lesson for Thunder: Reaching the top takes time.
3. 1999 Nets 68.4
Stephon Marbury, Keith Van Horn and Kerry Kittles led New Jersey to a 16-34 record. When the Nets made the NBA Finals in both 2002 and 2003, only Kittles remained.
Lesson for Thunder: Don't build with knuckleheads.
4. 1993 Hornets 69.0
Larry Johnson, Alonzo Mourning and Kendall Gill led Charlotte to 44-38 record and Eastern Conference semifinals. That was Gill's final year with the Hornets; Mourning played two more seasons in Charlotte and Johnson three. The Hornets remained competitive but never made the conference finals.
Lesson for Thunder: Keep the core together.
5. 1985 Rockets 69.1