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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
Comments

Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 7:11 pm
 

Draft limit to change to two and through?

I've said all along the NBA has suffered since allowing high schoolers into the league simply because the game no longer exhibits the defense of the past. Reality suggests with 3-4 years of college players are much better prepared to play an all around game once they make it to the pros. But, people want to say it's got to be a racial thing. I don't get it. These kids only practice high;ight reel dunks and offense. The NBA game has suffered as a result. I'd much rather see it return to the type of NBA ready players getting drafted like it was back it the 80's. Kids today don't have a clue what that is because they've never seen it in their lifetimes. So, they have nothing to judge it against. For all they know the game they see today is as good as it gets. That's far from the truth to people who actually know the difference.



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 7:04 pm
 

Draft limit to change to two and through?

No one is stopping already rich white golfers and tennis players from becoming proffessionals at 14 or 15. This is what I like to call regoddamndiculous!!!

Can you name a golf or tennis player that signed a guaranteed multi-million contract before they became a professional like every high draft pick does in the NBA?  Just one will do.  Of course you can't, because there are no guaranteed contracts in either tennis or golf.  Making players go to college has absolutely nothing at all to do with race.  This is owners trying to protect themselves from giving millions of dollars to players that aren't ready and may never be ready for competition levels in the NBA.  If someone fails at golf or tennis, no one cares, because no one is on the hook to still have to pay them millions of dollars.

The other major difference is that there are a finite number of roster spots in the NBA.  When players who aren't yet ready are taking up roster spots, and trying to mature and learn at the NBA level instead of in college, it worsens the product on the court. 
This is not an issue in either tennis or golf.  You can't be a nobody and just enter a major tournament.  If you aren't an accomplished player you have to qualify for every tournament you enter.   If you just suck, you aren't going to be taking the spot of a more deserving player since you'll never make the tournament "roster" (unless your name is Michelle Wie).  Again, this issue has absolutely nothing to do with race either.



Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 6:50 pm
 

Draft limit to change to two and through?

@bleacherbum  As a white man, I find your self-loathing white guilt to be disgusting.  Just get down off the soapbox.  We all know that we're all racists for finding fault in black people.  We robe-wearing, cross-burning evil men who have the audacity to question any foul deed of any man who happens to be black are the bane of progress.  We, the repugnant white devils who have the nerve to boo Lebron while we cheer Tom Brady!  Aghast!  



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 6:05 pm
 

Draft limit to change to two and through?

Does anyone really care any more?  The NBA has disintegrated so badly from it's best days of twenty years ago that it's not really an issue is it?  Whether it's a high school kid or a college graduate, NBA players have all become the same thing ... tattooed, punks and thugs who think it's "cool" to have some kind of a special "tribal ritual" to perform every time they think they do something special (like score).  The likes of Kevin Garnett, LeBron James and the rest of these idiots have ruined the game forever and that's too bad.  What I was really hoping would happen was that there wouldn't be an NBA (or anyother "professional" basketball league for three or four years, after which a new league would be formed with different players, new and SANE rules and maybe even a few players with at least half a brain.



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 5:54 pm
 

Draft limit to change to two and through?

bleacherbum can you please name some golfers and tennis players that turned pro at 14? you fucking idiot.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 5:51 pm
 

Draft limit to change to two and through?

People saying this is "not fair" need to remember these players do not HAVE to go to college. They could/can go play professionaly for 2 years in Europe



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 5:43 pm
 

Draft limit to change to two and through?

I concur, as a white man I can tell you whole heartedly that this entirely about race period. No one is stopping already rich white golfers and tennis players from becoming proffessionals at 14 or 15.
So the NBA and the NFL are Negro leagues? You're an idiot.

The rule is in place because NBA owners don't want to have to give an enormous contract to an 18 year old with no fundamental skills. Furthermore, the race to the bottom was creating a perverse incentive for kids who would otherwise go to college to skip school to keep up.

On the shallow end of the talent pool, dumb--- kids chasing the money out of high school were getting snowed by slimeball agents into trying for the NBA, failing, and ending up in jail because they can't go back to the NCAA once they declare for the draft.

Oh, is that a racial thing? Well, if the shoe fits. You don't hear too many tragic stories of gangs and prison from youths who "almost went pro" in golf. Yelling "raycess" doesn't change the problem.



Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 5:42 pm
 

Draft limit to change to two and through?

Get rid of the one and done rule, allow HS ballas to enter the league again. What does it hurt?



Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Draft limit to change to two and through?

I concur, as a white man I can tell you whole heartedly that this entirely about race period. No one is stopping already rich white golfers and tennis players from becoming proffessionals at 14 or 15. This is what I like to call regoddamndiculous!!!



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Draft limit to change to two and through?

Stupid rule.  They don't want to be in college, so why make em go?  So now they have to keep up the charade of being a student for another year because the NCAA and NBA are in cahoots?  

If they are good enough to play in the pro's, which some of them are, then let em go.  At 18, they are adults and can make their own decisions....

I hope someone challenges this. 


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