The NBA is expected to undo a rule that has been in place since 2005, lowering the age limit for the NBA Draft from 19 to 18, according to sources with knowledge of the discussions. The NBA and NBA Players Association can change this rule as soon as 2024. Before 2005, the league saw players like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwight Howard makes the jump from high school to the NBA as 18-year-olds. With the Dec. 15 mutual opt-out date looming for the NBA and the NBPA under their current CBA, let’s break down the new draft age limit, why it matters and what it means for upcoming prospects.
How does the NBA Draft’s current age limit work?
Currently, the NBA requires any player entering the NBA Draft to be at least 19 years old during the calendar year the draft is held and at least one NBA season removed from his high school graduation or what would have been his graduation if he had not. graduated That means players can go one-and-done after high school, but that one year could be spent in college, overseas or even the G League Ignite.
What would be the new reduced NBA Draft age limit?
The new age limit will take it off by a year, allowing 18-year-olds in the NBA and omitting the requirement they must be at least one year removed from their high school graduation. That would allow players to go from high school — either the Overtime Elite league or the G League Ignite — straight to the NBA.
When would the new NBA Draft age limit apply?
Already in 2024, which means we could have the mythical double draft that year, where the best players from the high school class of 2024 are in the same draft as the high school class of 2023 and all the other college classes.
What does this mean for Bronny, Bryce James?
It looks like it will mean a lot to Bronny James. He is currently in the high school class of 2023, so if the first year back under the new age limit is 2024, then he will still have to play in college for one season before entering the NBA Draft. Bryce James is currently in the high school class of 2025, so he appears to be in position to make the jump from high school straight to the NBA just like his father, LeBron James.
Could that take down a G League Ignite team?
I wonder if the NBA is trying to sell separate media rights for the G League if they still use Ignite in some way, maybe to attract international talent like they did or as a landing spot for the player who doesn’t want to go to college but also doesn’t want to enter the draft still because his stock is not good enough, allowing him a year to build his resume.
Will NIL help schools still recruit top high school players?
A majority of players with a first-round grade will skip college entirely. It’s not much different than your best college freshmen in the current system.
Those with a second-round grade or on the verge of being drafted will have a more difficult decision to make. Will it make sense to go to college and try to improve stocks while also paying? Or is it better to develop on an NBA bench or in the G-League and start your NBA watch earlier?
The success of the first classes could dictate this. How much money schools can offer in name, image and likeness deals could also play a role. We are still very early in the NIL era. It’s possible what schools are able to pay continues to climb or it could be that the biggest contributors don’t see enough return on investment to continue offering the kind of deals we’ve seen so far.
What does a mental health injury cover?
This would definitely be a big step forward for the league and its players in both shedding light on mental health issues as well as proving that talk by giving players the time, space and opportunity to address them. We will see what the actual changes will be and what is provided to players, but even the willingness to discuss something like this should be an admission that the status quo is insufficient.
How does the NBA CBA work?
The CBA is the governing handbook for the entire league, negotiated between the league and its players’ union, the NBPA. It determines how every part of the NBA operates, from the draft to free agency to almost everything in between.
When does the current NBA CBA expire?
The current CBA runs through the 2023-24 season, but the NBA and the NBPA have the ability to opt out before Dec. 15.
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