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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: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: November 27, 2011 12:20 am

Draft limit to change to two and through?

Some vaid points but I must say college is not the place to enhance a player for the NBA, usually at the expense of prospective 3 or 4 year players on scholarship or roster.

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2011 12:10 am
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Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:59 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

The reason they would want to limit 18 year olds from jumping right to the NBA is financial. When you draft an 18 year old you are putting millions of dollars on the line. Yes 18 year olds can play right away, see Lebron James, Moses Malone, Darryl Dawkins,Sean Kemp,Kevin Garnett, and Kobe Bryant. However except Kobe Bryant, these players had NBA frames already. Many 18 year olds still have the frame of a boy. They are tall and gangly. They need the D-League or College to fill out, or the experience to play against players that will outsize them physically. Possibly schools could make players sports an actual curriculum. All classes could prepare the people that only go to play a particular sport professionally. Classes such as financial management, Sports Law, Team Building, and Physical Education/Health. Also pay these players a nominal fee to play college basketball for the 1 or 2 years, so they can understand what it is to make a living. Based on their performance at that level they will understand if they are ready or not for the NBA.

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:38 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

BucFan, while I agree with you, that's just too much for the NBA types and college kids to handle. 

Make it like baseball, but with this proposed change. Either straight from HS or if you go to college, you must stay for 2 years. Probably the best thing one can force on the NBA/CBB.  

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:32 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

You do have a point, but there are a few things to consider. If you could make as much money playing for your favorite(hometeam), that would be the only way to go. Now if it were only for a chance to win the title, I would point out that his last year in Cleveland the Cavs had the best record in the East. So the only legitimate argument is getting to live in a better climate. I don't believe that was his reason for leaving. Do I hate LeBron? No. Do I dislike his decision and am tired of him being treated like he is a Magic, Michael , or Larry? Yes. Those players did have a great supporting cast, which is an advantage over LeBron, but they did not tread on the fans and city that worshipped them. When he earns that illusive title, kudos to him. If he never earns that title, I will reserve the right to laugh. Choices aren't always easy. BTW I'm not from Cleveland, so his choice other than being poor didn't affect me. Just thought the whole dog and pony show was tasteless(shame on you ESPN). Also Chris Bosch is a slightly above average player in the time of weak center play, so that shouldn't be a reason for his departure either. D-Wade is a bonafide Superstar and I could see the wanting to ride his coat tails.

As for him being a classless thug, that is not close to the truth. He has conducted himself in a business like manner. He does make the game look too easy at times, which comes off like arrogance. I have never seen him threaten or berate anyone. Great job Lebron on being an on the court, off the court role model.

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:28 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

Go to the baseball rule. You can go straight out of high school, but if you go to college, you must stay for 3 years.

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:20 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

I hope the NBA changes its rule to two years out of High School before being eligible for the draft - Even better, it would be if they went the route of the NFL and made it so that players cant come out until 3 years out of high school or college. As a Heat fan, regardless of the team we have now and are capable of having in the future under Pat Riley and this front office... I dont want to see my team, or any team for that matter WASTE a top pick on a scrub druggy like the Heat did in Michael Beasley... by far, the worst to ever be drafted by the heat, to ever put on a Heat uniform and possibly to ever set foot on an NBA floor. I hope the raise the age limit, I think it will improve both the pros and college game.

Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:09 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

My comment was because someone mentioned racism. If someone makes a seeminly  bigoted comment and another one calls him or her a racist, we may then have two bigots. If they do not play for Boston, I do not like them as far as the sport goes.

Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 9:55 pm
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Since: May 18, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 8:58 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

To bigdaddy 18

It is so odd that people continually hate on Lebron for leaving Cleveland. No person in their right mind would have stayed in Cleveland if they were offered the opportunity to play in Miami with 2 good friends and 2 fantastic b-ball players. Anyone turning it down would be down right stupid. Calling Lebron a classless thug is just plainly ridiculous and dumb. Maybe you are from Cleveland and you are upset that Lebron left your town and thats okay but do try to get over it and move on with your life it has now been a year and a half.

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