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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 26, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 4:23 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

Good grief what an ignoramus you are.  That "free" talent comes at the cost of a free education and the idea that the players don't receive "a dime" is "a dumb" remark from "a dork" that doesn't know up from down.  Try paying for a college education these days and see what that costs you at any major univeristy.  At the very least that "free talent" is receiving around $50k per year.  How much do you make a year?  And yes they generate lots of money if they play a major sport.  But guess what.  There are a lot of not so major sports and the people who get scholarships for those sports are having their education paid for by the big money sports.  So you have the big money "free talent" not only receiving a lot of money for their education but you have a lot of other students benefitting from that money as well.  Where do you think all that money goes anyway?

Oh yeah.  Lots of that "free talent" thinks they world owes them a living and they don't take advantage of their opportunities.  They flunk out and they end up working at Taco Bell.  Guess what.  That applies to all college kids in general.  Or hadn't you noticed?

I get so sick of crybabies talking about these issues and always complaining when they don't have a clue what's really going on.  Those volleyball players get the same all expense paid ride to High Price U. that the "free talent" players get.  It sort of sounds like a good thing to me.  But maybe you're a geek and think all sports are bad and should be banned and we should pay all that money to the teachers.  Well if you can find a way for teachers to generate money on that level go for it.  This is the home of free enterprise.  We're supposed to be "FREE" to do whatever we want or whatever we can do.  I'm guessing you didn't pay for the internet your using though.  Sure you pay a little but who paid for the backbone?  Taxpayers do it but my guess is you are a free loader instead of a tax payer.  You're not posting from an "Occupy..." site are you?  You sound like one of those chumps.

The fact is the government has increased student aid steadily for years mostly in guaranteed loans.  But that has only resulted in increased college costs and higher pay for professors with tenure who teach how awful it is to live in America.  Here's a clue for you.  Lots of places love the commie way.  Move to one of them.  See how you like it there.  Complain a lot if you don't like it.  And watch out for those KGB types if you do complain.  Well you probably don't believe any of that stuff so don't bother watching.  But be sure and post a note from your gulag when you get settled in.  Oh I forgot.  No one pays for the backbone to the gulags.

Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 4:12 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

Good read, . I appreciate your time, effort and sacrifice!

Since: Apr 13, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 3:57 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

Last time I checked three things were happening.


College athletes were gettting a education for free that the rest of their peers werent.  This means that while the rest of the students have to pay off thier loans over years athletes got everything for free and dont have to deal with this.

Those free educations if they were smart enough to take advantage of them would inevitably lead to millions of dollars more in earned wealth over thier lifetimes.

Being a college athlete is/was optional.  If the system of giving kids free educations and babying them because they can play a sport is so messed up then they dont have to do it.  They can get student loans and go to school or join the military or go work at Taco Bell or whatever.  There is no written rule out there that just because a kid can play a sport he has to go to college and get pampered...

People need to STFU when it comes to saying the NCAA is taking advantage of these athletes.  The bottom line is that they are already getting something very valuable these days when it comes to a education because more and more its required if you want to do anything.  They get that for free and for some of these schools that compensation comes out to more then I made when I was was working in the military per year.  How does that work out?   Kids who play sports get better compensation and treatment then those who step up and protect this countries most valuable asset.  Freedom..  Is there anyone out there that can put a price tag on that?  Yet I dont hear anyone crying about how these people who are on the front lines fighting for you to have the time to get on here and cry about something that has no significance in the greater scheme of anything are being mistreated or underpaid.

It just goes to show how out of whack our society has become. 

The reality is that we should be making the people who step up and volunteer to put their lives on the line so that we can enjoy freedom the millionaires.  We should be letting them work six months out of the year and feed them fancy meals all the time and let them live in fancy houses.  They are the ones who are truly putting it all on the line for us.  They are the ones that are truly stepping up for something that matters.  Not just a bunch of stupid games that in the bigger picture have no meaning



Since: Nov 7, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2011 3:46 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

How many of these "scholars" are really there for the education anyway? Most of these NBA wannabes boldly declare they're going to whatever school because it will prepare them for "the next level." Either universities should be courageous and make athletics truly extracurricular, truly secondary to attending class, or be honest and admit they're bringing in most of the "students" to entertain fan and well-heeled alumni so they'll give big contributions.

Since: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 3:42 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

The player recieves a free college education which cost the rest of the population that cannot dunk, anywhere from $60-$100,000 dolllars. An education that should generate them income for the rest of thier lives.

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2011 3:23 pm
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Since: Feb 28, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 3:20 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

that is a great idea Baller. . i really love that just for the fact of you are right.. you are taking away the scum bags out of the paying kids and their families to play for one year at a college.. they are forced to stay for 3 years and many of the "i can play in the NBA dreamers at 17 yrs old" are not put into the college system only to not show up for classes etc

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 3:16 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

One thing the NBA has failed miserably at is building and nurturing its developmental league.  Here's the time to change things.  Eliminate the one-and-done rule to allow potential NBA players to skip college, but let's have an alternative league.  Very few players who skip college devlopment time are ready to contribute to an NBA franchise right away.  Players under the age of 21 can be drafted and signed to contracts but they must play in the developmental league for at least one full season before they can make an NBA roster.  It's time to cut back NBA rosters to 10 players and build better D-League teams so players can develop and grow their talents out of the NBA spotlight.

Look at the college underclassmen that were drafted in the first round the last two years.  Only John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, and Greg Monroe from 2010 along with Blake Griffin, Tyreke Evans, Jonny Flynn, Brandon Jennings, and Jrue Holiday from 2009 were major contributors to the teams they joined right away.  One could even argue that the only reason Flynn and Holiday made contributions were that the teams they joined were terrible.

The NBA would be better off in the long term if they cut back NBA rosters and set these bench players up in the D-League where they could play every night against each other and grow.  Get the D-League out of cities like Bakersfield and Boise and stick teams in Seattle, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and San Diego.  Put some marginally better talent in the D-League and market the hell out of it as the future of the NBA.  Make sure these guys are moved away from their homes and college towns so they're forced to learn how to live on their own like it will be when they make the NBA.  Make it so only upperclassmen can go directly to the NBA rosters and build something akin to MLB minor league system.  If a player is drafted, signed, and sent to the D-League but he doesn't play for his NBA team a certain number of games before the end of his first three pro seasons, he becomes a free agent available to every other team.

This would blow up the arguments that underprivileged young men are being denied a chance to make a living playing pro basketball and would get the players who have no business participating in college athletics out of the NCAA.

Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 3:05 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

Not really.  Thats why you have a huge influx of crap talent players that come out of high school directly to the nba, and 3 years after their contract is up they dont have a job.  Very FEW exceptions, Kobe, Lebron, Garnett, etc.  Rarely happens that they stay in the league.  The NBA owners are protecting their investments, and I dont blame them.  Why would you want to use your high level draft pick to get someone right out of high school, pay them millions, only 3 years later to not sign them to another contract because they dont have alot of the fundamental and basic skills you learn in college basketball.

Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 3:02 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

How is it "not fair" to not allow them to go right out of high school?  The NBA is a business.  If they want to require you to go to 4 years of college and get a masters degree before playing in the NBA, they are well within their legal right to do so. 

Go to Microsoft with your GED and tell them its not fair that you cant become a Sr VP of Sales or something.  See how fast you get laughed out of there.

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