The NBA will take back its poorly thought-out minimum age … someday.
After college-basketball's scandal-prone 2017-18 season and the report of a commission calling for the end of the one-and-the-era, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has seen the light and suggested that the league ending her role will cause the mess. When? Maybe, 2021 or 2022.
This suggests that Silver does not intend to simply undo what his predecessor David Stern had done in 2005, when the NBA abruptly broke the new age of 19 and without the massive upheaval in The US-implemented amateur game would make it. Therefore, we have considered various ways in which the NBA could eliminate the minimum age, albeit from a perspective that is not at all too warm for the design.
Here are five options for the NBA to end the minimum age The first and last era of college basketball and the top 1
Option 1: Just quit
This is the simplest option. Reset the draft permission rule to 2005 and earlier: Allow players who turn 18 or 18 years of age to enter the NBA Draft this calendar year.
Choose a year (the sooner the better) and do it. This is regulated in the collective agreement, so the players' union and the league must agree. Nobody should have any reservations here. Just do it. The NBA can not undo the damage that young basketball players have suffered over the past 13 years, but they can stop implementing it.
Option 2: Funnel Youths in the G-League
The NBA's development league is in many ways better than it was when the minimum age was introduced. As such, if we do one-and-done, it could be an important part of the solution.
One idea that I've already written about: Allow NBA teams that use teenagers to assign these players to their G-League daughter while keeping their wages off the cover page. Players would still be paid according to their rookie scale contracts and their service clocks would start. But a team building an 18-year-old who needed time in the G-League did not have to pocket a place on the list and pocket for him.
This would be most important for non-superstar prospects. They do not send Young LeBron James to Canton Charge or Dwight Howard to Lakeland. But less polished teens who were taken late in the first round or the second round? This is a good solution.
Most NBA teams now have close relationships with their G-League members, so this would be an extension of development coordination.
Option 3: Passing a Baseball College Rule
If Adam Silver expressly rejects the "one-and-done" paradigm and is only willing to exceed the minimum age just because he does not make the players' union may be to sign a two-person rule and adopt a rule that specifically bans one-and-don'ts could be preferred. In baseball players can be pulled out of high school, but if they decide to attend a four-year college instead of signing with the Major League Baseball Club, they are banned from the draft for three years. In essence, if you've chosen college over the little leagues, you're staying with it for three years.
The NBA could adopt something similar that would allow the superstar prospects or those who are not at all interested in college to leap into the league, while everyone who chooses college is committed to two or three years. This would completely eliminate the one-and-done, provide a path from Preps to Pros and help college basketball a little.
It could even be combined with Option 2 to introduce twin pipelines – College and G League – to more sophisticated players in the NBA, without disrupting the NBA or college basketball as much as the current system or a linear abolished one minimum age.
Option 4: Develop an Academy System
Mark Cuban has developed interest in the development of football youth academies for basketball in North America. It is a long shadow, and would take a decade to develop, and would require massive upheavals in the design process. But it is certainly the league and the union to consider.
The short version of this is that instead of AAU, high school and current grassroots basketball taking the lead on the development of young players, NBA teams would go through their academies. There would be a certain priority for geographic priority – the Blazers Academy would for the first time have the best young prospects in Oregon – and the NBA clubs would decide a lot about how players are trained in their system.
To make it worthwhile for the NBA clubs, of course, they would need to be able to sign these players when they are in the drafting stage.
Here's an idea. If a player at the Blazers Academy turns 18 and qualifies for a design in which Portland is number 20, the Blazers can offer them a standard rookie contract (two years guaranteed with two team option years) offer up to a maximum of what the # 1 option will set.
When the player signs the deal, the blazers lose their selection. (In practice, it's skipped: No. 21 does not technically go up to rank 20. That leaves the pay scale unadjusted for later picking.) If the player declines the deal, he may enter college or draft and the blazers would keep their choice. The catch is that you can only offer a first-round academy if you have a first-round selection. This could put some pressure on the trade, as the first-round pick is often the lubricant needed to close deals.
The result is that young players receive early NBA-like basketball training and the NBA clubs invest in the youth system, they have an advantage in the signing of players who develop them.
Option 5: Keep a Draft for Teenagers Only
If the League and the union are considering radical changes, they will lift the minimum age and 18- One year later, a change could be to the purpose of the NBA Draft to transform.
Rather than all players 22 or younger choosing the standard method, the NBA could increase that age to 20. Make it so that domestic and international prospects, who turn 21 in the course of a calendar year, are no longer eligible for the draft – they are free agents if they decide to join the NBA. That would effectively hold the design only for Preps Pros and One-and-Dones. Those who have been in college for at least two years would be free agents if they decide to join the league.
This would focus the purpose of the draft on handing out only young players who want to get into the NBA early, and would create incentives for non-elitist prospects to stay two years in college and decide where to go in the first Play years of their NBA career. Would this cause good teams to interfere with cheaper upper classes? Probably not, because good teams probably have better rosters and salary caps.
(Is this a backdoor to kill the NBA Draft? Shhh. Do not tell the league that.)