Benno
Years ago

NBA launches its own "Next Stars" Program via the GLeague

"The NBA plans to offer a "professional path" to the G-League with select $125K salaries to players as an alternative to the one-and-done college route, ESPN's @DraftExpress reports."

"The NBA informed teams no changes to allow HS players into Draft will happen prior to 2022, sources tell ESPN. NBA/NBPA have been negotiating to change age eligibility to 18. HS players could already go directly into G-League -- it's just now elite can make $125K instead of $35K."

Stole the idea from the NBL.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

LK the trendsetter.

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Cram  
Years ago

Using a second tier league to showcase future talent? Revolutionary!

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Hook, line and sinker!

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Baller#3  
Years ago

Would like to see the NBA allow drafting of 18 year old but then until age 20 players cannot play in the NBA but only the G-league affiliate.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

"Would like to see the NBA allow drafting of 18 year old but then until age 20 players cannot play in the NBA but only the G-league affiliate."

Why?

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Anonymous  
Years ago

The NBA has responded to an opportunity as a quality league should do. Still, the NBL should be commended for its efforts, and, we did get Brian Bowen out of it. He looks a decent prospect indeed.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Bowen benefiting from being a year removed from HS graduation, is basically two years older than Ferguson was when playing NBL.

Baller#3, what on earth is the upside to that proposal for NBA teams? It means they have to draft players blind but can then only develop them in the G-League rather than being able to bring them into the league as 19 year olds the way they can at present? Crazy.

This isn't good news for the NBL's chances of drawing young prospects but it is fantastic news for the NBA and college basketball. Finally a US-based pathway other than one and done for kids who have no interest in college.

There are no shortage of complications with this, though. With most G-League teams now being affiliated with an NBA parent club, how does a team deal with spending a year developing a player who may then be drafted by a rival? How does the league prevent the parent club from encouraging a player who might be drafted in their range to refuse to release medical information to other teams or participate in the combine? Do prospects in this program get to choose which G-League team (and therefore which NBA parent team) to sign with? Could it ultimately be a pathway to players choosing which NBA team to play for as rookies?

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Melbourne Boy  
Years ago

Well say goodbye to the NBL Next Stars program.

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Reality  
Years ago

NBL next stars program turned into a bit of a joke.

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Baller#3  
Years ago

It means that NBA teams can get guarantee rights to a player earlier without having to throw them into proper games. Maybe do 19 then to ensure 1 development year before the NBA which i do think can be critical.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

You know it was the NBA that wanted the age limit raised to 19, right? And have generally indicated that they would like it to be even older? The player's association objects to this because the players benefit from being drafted earlier. The NBA is trying to protect teams from themselves because if they draft kids straight out of high school, Kwame Brown happens. They don't want to guarantee rights to kids earlier. And if they want to guarantee rights to a kid who's not ready for the NBA, it's called draft and stash. They can play anywhere except college once they've been drafted, doesn't have to be the NBA.

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koberulz  
Years ago

The NBA is trying to protect teams from themselves because if they draft kids straight out of high school, Kwame Brown happens.
Or Kobe Bryant. Or Kevin Garnett. Or Tracy McGrady. Or LeBron James.

Michael Olowokandi and Anthony Bennett both went to college.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

How much value did Toronto get out of McGrady really? Garnett in the first few years? Even Kobe as a rookie was all potential. But without his will, what could have happened to him? For every LeBron James there are 8 Korleone Youngs

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Anonymous  
Years ago

koberulz, are you trying to miss the point? Everyone you listed was viewed as a 'can't miss' prospect who would have been extremely successful had he gone to college. Raising the age limit doesn't take those guys out of the NBA, and as anon above pointed out, they aren't productive as 18- and 19-year-olds, it's just longer that their team has to pay them before they're ready to produce (Lebron being the exception). Of course there are bad draft picks who went to college. Because there are bad draft picks, and the overwhelming majority of them went to college. The league can't save Brooklyn from trading its future to the Celtics for three guys over the age of 35. The league can't save Sacramento from drafting 6 players at the same position in 4 years. It's trying to ensure that teams capable of using the information have access to it.

The NBA has always been in favour of, basically, giving teams more time to evaluate kids and kids more time to evolve into players rather than prospects, before the league has to start paying their salaries.

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