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HS All-Americans can go straight to the pro's...

Posted on: April 4, 2008 2:18 pm
Edited on: April 9, 2008 2:37 am
 
Everybody complains about how these players are forced to go to college for 1 year.

Now theNBA wants to raise the age to 20 so it would be 2 years.

These kids are not forced to go to college, they choose to, or their parents make them.

If they don't want to go to college the NBA can't force them to.

The smart thing to do if you think you're ready for the NBA right out of high school would be to go to the NBDL tryouts. If you're really ready you won't have any trouble making a team.

Their age minimum is 18.

I almost went there with a friend this summer just for the hell of it, but decided I didn't want to throw away $250 or $500 (don't remember the price) or the cost of getting to and from Texas. Don't get me wrong I can ball, but I couldn't start on a D-1 team, and definitely couldn't go pro.

...yeah, we'll go with that

I'm just waiting for a High school stud to try out for the NBDL and sign a one-year contract, and then become a free agent after that one season and have all the leverage in the world the next year.

No draft to send you to the crappiest team in the league, but the free power to sign the same kind of deal with whomever you want.

I think they choose to go to college for the one year so that they can get publicity and be praised, not realizing that if they did the NBDL thing, they'd:
  1. get paid
  2. not have to worry about classes
  3. get publicity for going making the decision of going to the NBDL in the first place
  4. get publicity if they really are as good as they think they are all while, getting paid!!!
To me it just makes sense!!!

Either that or they just don't know this rule, but it's only a matter of time before some kid figures it out.

Any thoughts?
Comments

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2008 1:46 pm
 

HS All-Americans can go straight to the pro's...

oh yeah, they'd be all over that

Rose vs. Mayo  Mad Ants  vs. Jam

Could this be a preview of a future NBA Finals game?

9:00 ESPN2

lol



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2008 1:28 pm
 

HS All-Americans can go straight to the pro's...

I think that if studs started going to the d-league, ESPN would find a way to get them on TV.

Coach,

You're right on here. Imagine d-league games matching up Michael Beasley, OJ Mayo, Jarryd Bayless and Kevin Love. They don't get to go head-to-head very often in college, but in the d-league they'd get to really develop a rivalry. ESPN would eat that up.




Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2008 12:26 am
 

HS All-Americans can go straight to the pro's...

I believe it will make it harder for the mid-major schools that keep their players around for four years and develop true "teams"  to make deep runs in the tournament.
That's an interesting thought. I guess that might explain the dullness of this year's tournament. Upsets were hard to come by because of all the studs at the large schools. Thinking about that now, this may be bad for college basketball if that trend holds up.

and I think that if studs started going to the d-league, ESPN would find a way to get them on TV.



Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: April 11, 2008 9:59 pm
 

HS All-Americans can go straight to the pro's...

 

This is a good idea, if I were the next Lebron and I was just looking to make some money, but as a fan of basketball (not the NBA, College, or High School, just basketball)  I hate this idea.  There's nothing I love more than watching players like Michael Beasley, Kevin Love, Kevin Durant, and others showcase their talent on a stage as big as what college basketball has become.  I believe it will make it harder for the mid-major schools that keep their players around for four years and develop true "teams"  to make deep runs in the tournament.  Most of these high school all americans will gravitate toward the larger more established teams and conferences for the exposure, and this will give them an even bigger advantage.  Plus, leaving them there for 2 years to gel with their teammates, will make for some AMAZING basketball in the larger conferences in the NCAA.  I just don't wanna see my local high school hero disappear into the D-league for 2 years where I only get to see 20 second highlight clips of them playing in front of 400 people, instead of see 35 games a year for those 2 years.  Either way, I think the NBA 20 years old rule will help a lot of these player mature to reach their full potential.




Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: April 11, 2008 3:40 pm
 

HS All-Americans can go straight to the pro's...

If the NDBL gets there it would be a good thing. In addition to the help for players who are not quite ready for prime time, smaller markets would have the chance to watch guys on the way up and those trying to get back in.


Viktor Crapper
Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: April 9, 2008 7:23 pm
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Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: April 9, 2008 1:41 pm
 

HS All-Americans can go straight to the pro's...

The NBDL is getting closer and closer to an NBA minor league. The Lakers were the first to buy their own D-League team and I believe a couple other teams have followed their lead.

It's only a matter of time before every team has their own D-League team, and then this whole 2 years of college thing won't matter as much anymore.

Nobody talks about the MLB players that come straight out of high school and spend most of their careers in the minors. The NBA just doesn't want to waste money and have bad publicity for all the kids that come in early and don't make it.



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: April 9, 2008 1:18 pm
 

HS All-Americans can go straight to the pro's...

Coach,

Thanks for the reminder. It was Randolph Morris.

It does surprise me that the NBA has not developed a minor league system beyond the developmental league, which is a start, but is not extensive enough yet to handle the influx of talented, but too young players who want in.

Baseball has a system with a draft and a minor league set up where the whole goal is to identify young guys early and sign them when they're cheap then develop them. The NBA ends up taking big risks with guaranteed contracts because a team doesn't have enough draft picks to stock a minor league operation. The CBA was another help in this area, but Isaiah Thomas did to that league what he's done to the Knicks. Maybe that's why Randoph Morris didn't work out either. Zeke does not exactly have the Midas touch.




Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: April 9, 2008 1:57 am
 

HS All-Americans can go straight to the pro's...

Wow this is a great post and brings up an interesting thought...LeBron James in the D-League  He would be tearing it apart



Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2008 9:01 am
 

HS All-Americans can go straight to the pro's...

Yeah, there was just a report that the NBA and NCAA reached an agreement requiring 2 years of college. Still has to pass through the NBA player's association, but if kids were going to go to the NBDL or Europe, I could see it happening in the next couple of years if this passes.


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