Suns' lineup youngest in NBA history, younger than several NCAA tourney teams

If there was a bright side to the Suns' 126-98 loss to the NBA-worst Brooklyn Nets, it's that there will be plenty of days ahead for Phoenix to improve.

The Suns' starting lineup Thursday night was the youngest ever for an NBA team, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Phoenix started Tyler Ulis (21), Devin Booker (20), Derrick Jones Jr. (20), Marquese Chriss (19) and Alex Len (23) -- who combined have an average age of 21 years, 14 days.

How young is that?

According to ESPN Stats & Information, the average is younger than all but one of the eight teams that played in the Sweet 16 on Thursday. Only Purdue -- at 20 years, 265 days -- was younger.

The previous age record was set by the LA Clippers on Nov. 15, 2010. They averaged 21 years, 143 days old, per Elias.

Several Suns veterans have been shut down for the season or are on minutes restrictions in order to give the younger players more experience.