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Report: Age limit under review, but could stay the same for 2012

Nov 27, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

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Among the so-called “B-List Issues” being worked on before a formal vote will be held, the age limit consideration could be the one that impacts the NBA the most and certainly draws the most fan interest. And Yahoo! Sports reports that it’s such a big issue, it may not get resolved right away.

The NBA and Players Association are discussing the formation of a committee to study the age minimum for the league’s draft with the possibility that no immediate changes to the “one-and-done” rule will come in the finalization of the new collective bargaining agreement, a league official told Yahoo! Sports.

“Only the agreement to have the committee may be part of the new CBA,” the source said. “I doubt it will have any affect on e 2012 draft.”

via Committee could study NBA draft rule – NBA – Yahoo! Sports.

That’s good news for players like Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Quincy Miller, and other freshmen in a loaded class looking to make the jump. It’s also a more fair approach since players may have made their choice on college based on the one-year system (cough* Kentucky* cough). But what’s getting lost in all this is an item towards the end of Woj’s piece which outlines what the real system will likely be. Instead of just a straight “two-and-through” system wherein players must wait two years, it’ll likely be an “18-or-2” system. Under that system, players could jump at 18 to the draft, but if they are undrafted, they can return to college eligibility. From there, they’d have to wait two years. That’s a much better system overall, allowing players who are ready to make the jump immediately (see: Rose, Derrick) while making sure players that aren’t get two full years of seasoning. Imagine how much better Hasheem Thabeet‘s career, or at least draft positioning would have been for him under that system.

But that will have to get worked out later. The best news about the committee is that it means this won’t hold up ratifying the new CBA this week. It’s another potential pitfall to the deal that could save the system avoided. Rationality and common sense! Where has this been for six months?

  1. goforthanddie - Nov 27, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    “a more fair approach since players may have made their choice on college based on the one-year system”
    “Under that system, players could jump at 18 to the draft, but if they are undrafted, they can return to college eligibility.”

    Why worry about those not yet in the A? 18 year olds have better things to worry about, like how to live on your own w/o being a total fscktard.
    Why make it easier for a kid to shirk the responsibilities he accepted when he accepted a scholarship? If you’re dumb enough to enter the draft when you’re not good enough (and these guys have sensible people telling them stuff), why should anyone bend over backwards to repair your fsck-up?

  2. ctw3786 - Nov 27, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    And THIS will be the ONLY way to fix parity. Not restricting teams who are in bigger markets, to stop spending money. Almost every team to win a championship, built the cornerstone of the team through the draft, not free agency. Not every kid is “not” ready to go the NBA out of high school if that makes any sense. John Wall could’ve went, Derrick Rose could’ve went. What they should also do is pay the players out of high school less than the ones who go to college because it is a bigger risk as well. High school kids don’t know what’s best for them, but I GUARANTEE when they see other HS kids go in the 2nd Round, get paid less, and end up in the D-League in their first 2 years as is now permitted, they will be more inclined to go to college.

  3. tomshoe - Nov 27, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    Instead of naming it the “18-2” rule, I propose we call it the “either-or” rule.

    Rolls off the tongue much better.

  4. txnative61 - Nov 29, 2011 at 3:56 AM

    When it was reported that the players “lost”, it occurred to me that the players that really lose are the ones who fail to advantage themselves of a good education when the opportunity is there, then land back worse off than if they had had little or no talent. My own Union jointly funds a school with Employers to educate apprentices and provide continuing specialized education related to my trade. A similar “Professional Sports” degree program should provided and mandatory to assist these young men in managing their talent, basic law and ethics, and nonplayer but sport related careers. Much of their pay could be held in escrow until some proficiency is demonstrated.

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