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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: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 2:59 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

I think an 18 year old should be able to go directly to the pros in hoops, just like in baseball...or just like a regular human...  I think the NBA would benefit from a true minor league system though to accomodate the young talent not NBA ready.  I think we are wasting scholorship money on those kids intent on only going to school now for one year.  These kids are not your typical student/athlete that the NCAA is supposedly all about.  These one and done kids are the athlete/maybe some time student only wasting a scholorship that some other kid could have truly flourished with.  Build up your D-league, B-league, whatever you want to call it and have the big boy clubs run all of the ones below them as well (similar to baseball).  It might take a few years to truly establish but I would think the long term economic effect would benefit the NBA and its owners. 

Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2011 2:52 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

My personal opinion is a two fold set-up. First get a D-League team for every team (D-league divides into two seperate leagues east and west but that is another subject). Now you change the rule to be more like baseball. Players can go straight into the league and teams can develop them in the minor league. If a player goes to college, they have to stay 3 years. This also gets all the kids who really don't have any business being in college out of there. This allows the one off instances of players that are ready for the league straight out of high school to still get there. All the others can develop while getting paid a salary, therefore eliminating the seedy side in college. College players become real student athletes. The NBA can have the more developed/professional players and the product is better.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 2:40 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

I like the NFLs rule, and prefer MLBs position when best comparing to basketball payers coming out of high school.  The NFL rule, is such, primarily due to physicality.  Or lack thereof, actually.  For the NBA, I like the idea of kids being able to declare straight of high school, but if one chooses to go to college, like football and baseball, they must stay for three years or age 21.

If the NBA wants a more mature league, then guess what....don't draft the 18 year olds out of high school. Otherwise, the kids should be able to go.  I don't like the final product either way.  Just commenting on what I view to be most fair, all things considered.

Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 2:38 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

how about four and no more

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 2:27 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

I prefer three and flee.

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