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Draft limit to change to two and through?

Posted on: November 26, 2011 2:22 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2011 4:11 pm
Posted by Royce Young

We're all dancing around on the grave of the lockout but the reality is, it isn't over. Not only has the new deal not been voted on or ratified, it's not even completely finished.

While the big issues are settled like Basketball Related Income and major system structures, the so called "b-list" issues now have to be sorted out. Among those are drug testing, D-League assignments and the age limit.

Right now, the age limit is a player has to be one year removed from high school to be eligible for the NBA draft. But according to Newsday, that could change to two years.

However, Yahoo! Sports reports that "several" team executives believe it will remain one-and-done. Basically, this thing is still way up in the air at this point.

The current rule of one-and-done has been fairly criticized by both college coaches and NBA executives because it didn't entirely accomplish its goal. A lot of people feel not allowing players to go directly from high school to the NBA isn't fair, but that doesn't appear to be changing things.

At the same time, the criticism hasn't been all that strong. Front office types and executives seem to be mostly fine with the current structure of the rule. It definitely won't be a rule that the two sides will really battle over. Players would prefer it stays as is though.

The NFL's rule is a player has to be three years removed from his senior year of high school. The NBA is looking to bring more mature talent into the league that's ready to make an immediate impact.

As for how this change could affect this year's class, that's yet to be seen. If it takes immediate effect, players like Anthony Davis would be required to return to school another year. Which could greatly alter this year's seemingly stacked draft class.
Category: NBA

Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: November 27, 2011 7:02 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

Nobody says that they have to play basketball at all!!!!!!!  They can stay home and sit on their's momma couch all day long.  Nobody is forcing them to do anything. 

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2011 6:28 pm


My god.....if this rule is passed and Teague, Kidd-Gilchrist, Davis, and Wiltjer all return that would be a very scary thing for UK opponents........I'm thinking of the early game with Duke next year. Talk about two stacked teams.

Since: Aug 15, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 5:46 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

These kids are not enslaved, nor even "working" for free. They have the chance to receive an excellent education at no cost, not to mention the travel, instruction, extra services, and academic help they get. Yes, they make money for their universities in some cases, but much of the revenue from the main sports at big schools goes to general scholarship funds or to fund university infrastructure (in and out of the athletic department). The revenue also helps keep alive the dreams and talents of other, non-revenue producing sports. Those people are every bit the student-athlete, and frankly better students at MOST big schools, than basketball players.

I think the NBA rule should equal that of the NFL, with eligibility three years after your senior class graduates. This would make college basketball better, but also would greatly improve rookie classes coming into the league. How many times do we need to see a 19 year-old come sit on the bench or struggle with the life when he would have better served by staying in school? ...getting both an academic and a life's education.

Since: Oct 27, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2011 2:31 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

I'm fairly amused that this do-nothing Congress, along with our current foreign policies are intent on getting rid of all those nasty little dictators in the Middle East because they don't foster human and civil rights.

Now over here in the land of the free and the home of the brave, you can work for MacDonalds, Wendy's, Burger King or Pizza Hut for wages so low that my 16 year old daughter won't work for these pillars of free enterprise. She has no children, mortgage, car payment, credit card debt, insurance bills, heating or air conditioning bills nor clothing or makeup bills.

Yet we want 18 and 19 year old MEN to work for Roy Williams, Mike Krzysewski or Jim Boeheim for free. And the law of the land says this is neither slavery, nor in violation of anti-trust lawas. Brian Williams is the top man at NBC news and he has a whopping 18 credits.

How hypocritcal can we be?  

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2011 1:52 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

Since the top basketball league in the United States refuses to employ hotshot players fresh out of high school --and since the primary alternative is "a free college education," I hope that they'll just plan on going over to play in major European leagues to polish their games and broaden their personal horizons while earning regular paychecks for themselves and maybe collecting corporate endorsement riches to boot.

It's how they do it in baseball, ice hockey and soccer, after all --and yet basketball is somehow, uh, unique (although the setup in gridiron football is just about as bad).

Oh well. Let Biff, Blaine and Binky entertain us on the collegiate hardwood --and let the real ballaz go and thrill 'em in Barcelona, Milan and Istanbul until they're draft-eligible if the Stern gang is going to be that way about it.

And who knows --maybe the lads will decide they like it better playing on the other side of the puddle and just stay over there. Now wouldn't that be a laugh...

Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2011 1:35 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

@ParG The point wasn't about guarnteed contracts, it was about being allowed to turn pro period. Take your blinders off, this is all about race. It's not like a bunch of scrubs skip college, usually the best came out. For every scrub there are 3 or 4 decent players, thats a pretty good ratio.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2011 1:29 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

This is exactly the problem with the NBA. One and done. Two and through. It doesn't really matter. All the GM's want these days, are kids that can jump through the ceiling. They want athletic kids, not basketball players. There are zero fundementals in the NBA. If you take 3 steps to the basket, it's NOT traveling. All the young players want to do is dunk the ball, or shoot three's. College basketball is so much better. And that's not how it should be. These are suppose to be professional players. Nba players can't even shoot free throws. I can't even guess how many teams shoot less than 72 or 73 percent, as a team! You know why the NBA wants great point gaurds don't you? Because without them, who ever takes the ball in would always shoot it. The longer the players stay in college, the better they are as players. And as people. College life is a great way to interact with people with differing opinions. It's called life experience. Kids straight out of HS or one year of college aren't ready for the challenges of being a professional basketball player. If it were possible, I would make these kids stay for at least 3 years.

I disagree with many of your points. There is a ton of young talent in the NBA, and not every player just dunks and shoots three's. A lot of guys, there whole game is to bang the ball inside.. take it to the rack, and either score of get fouled and go to the line. If there is no fundamentals, I would have to ask you how teams go on runs? How does a team like say, a young Oklahoma team play great defense? How did Memphis make the playoffs? So according to you, no NBA players shoot free throws? are you kidding me? If the NBA was as you claim it to be, each game would be a 2010 Kings Vs. Suns match up with scores of 140-135. 

If you don't like the NBA, don't watch it!!!!!

Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2011 1:27 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

@ToddHeapOfDung you can mock all you want but the rule is clearly racial, for every Kwamee Brown there are 3 successful straight from high school and thats a fact not self loathing. So I guess what you and every other dumb ass cracker want to happen is make kids that don't want to go to school go and waste valuable university dollars at the same time worrying about a rich NBA owner swinging and missing maybe on a kid that doesnt want to be in college. Sounds to me like the retarded ass American way....thanks for clarifying it for me Heapofdung.

Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2011 1:16 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

Why don't they allow kids to go straight to pro, but have to be in the D League until 2 (or 1) year beyond high school? Won't do much good for college basketball, but will allow those looking for the financial payoff to get the paycheck, while allowing them to develop before hitting the NBA.

Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2011 1:12 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

On the golfing side of things you have Michelle Wie and on the tennis side of things you have Tracy Austin and Jennifer Cappriatti. Thats a sampling of the under 18, there is more were that came from. I'm not saying they were all 14 but Capriatti was around 14 and so was Wie, the point is they're not even close to 18 when they turned pro.......IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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