When I think how old the defense is I think about how old the nucleus is. Those players have been the same for a few years now and I don't believe any of the younger players have become a part of that nucleus.
Kam, Sherm, Earl, Wagz, KJ, Bennett. = defensive nucleus. You can make a good case for Cliff but the idea of a nucleus is to pair down to the unreplaceable. This is how I see them. The younger guys haven't become a part of this group and are therefore expendable. Frank Clark may be the closest of the young guys and there's hope for Shaq but there is literally no one else. Once our nucleus ages out, we would be left with an entire defense of replaceable players. No one player to build a defense around.
Just thought of doing this: Who would be the younger, 2nd nucleus?
Reed, Clark, Shaq.., I would put Richardson in there but this may be his only season. Thats it. And they better be ready because our defensive nucleus is getting old and busted up.