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Adam Silver still working toward two-year rule




NBA commissioner Adam Silver said once again today that he hopes to raise the NBA age limit to 20.

“I’ve been a proponent of raising the age from 19 to 20 because I think it would make for a better league,” he said Thursday. “I believe and continue to believe it will be in the best interest of the league. I think that the extra year in college will be a benefit for these young men to grow and develop as people and basketball players.”

The move could go into effect as early as next summer. It was discussed prior to the last collective bargaining agreement but couldn’t get done due to a personnel change in the players union.

Silver and the NBA suits are also tossing around the idea of leaving the D-League age at 18 for those prospects who still want to skip out on college, although I can’t imagine too many guys choosing to live in Des Moines over being a rock star on campus. One would really have to despise class to take paying for an apartment in Bismarck, North Dakota over a full-ride to major university.

Progress with the two-and-done rule on the same day UK changes its on-campus alcohol policy: Coincidence? Nah.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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23 Comments for Adam Silver still working toward two-year rule

  1. BiloxiGuy
    2:16 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

    I think if you’re a great high school player, going to the d-league out of high school is still better than going to college financially. We see all the big time games and commercials on athletes but these kids are not paid anything for it but a scholarship to school. You can’t buy McD’s and clothes with a scholarship. Plus being in the D-League allows you to make money off the court as well. You can still get the adidas and nike contracts that are offered. They guy playing in Des Moines, Iowa still collected a bigger pay check way than all UK players combined last years. So, yeah, it makes sense to go to the D-Legaue. Pplus last time I checked universities dont offer two year degrees. So leaving after two years gets you the same thing as if you never attended.

    • Musehobo
      2:32 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

      Exactly. There has also been talk of raising the minimum D league money. Currently the most you can make is 28k a year (unless you are under an NBA contract and get sent down). Most make 15K a year. If you start upping that to 40k+…I think you may see a few guys try it.

    • Mc
      2:34 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

      You can get an Associate’s degree in 2 years. With summer classes, you could actually be a year away from graduating.

      Also, in terms of marketability the D-League may make less sense. How many people watch D-League games? Like Calapari has said, the players name is their brand. As a brand, the more people are aware of you, the more likely it is that you’ll receive endorsements.

      I agree with you that they could still get deals once they get into the NBA and are more marketable.

      The one risk is they would be competing against men in D-League, and maybe get more exposed. Whereas in college, they could improve, and at least get millions as a first round pick.

      If they are legit though, it would work either way.

    • raccoon
      2:37 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

      1. I think you may be right for the LeBron James type players – but those are few and far between. And if it is a close call, you are going to develop better playing against other great 18-22 year olds than mediocre 22-30 year olds. And honestly the NBA should have a carve out that allows players to be drafted out of HS in the first five picks. Call it the King James Rule. There is no reason that guys like James, Durant, Wiggins, etc. shouldn’t be playing in the NBA at age 18-19. James averaged 20 ppg as a 19 year old rookie.

      I think Wiggins, Parker and Randle would have become better players in the NBA this year than they did in college. They are ready to go against pros. But they are better off playing college than the NBADL. Competition is close, coaching is better, exposure is better, and the development is geared towards them. The NBADL assumes you can already do a lot of things that freshmen don’t necessarily do well.

      2. You don’t get a degree, but you are closer and you can get one doing classes over summers or you can get one in just two years after you are done playing.

      3. How much endorsements are you going to get playing in the D-League? It is basically no exposure. Sure they may sign you just so they have you when you get to the NBA, but the exposure for college kids is going to be a lot higher.

      4. Just for money, they are better off going to Europe. Brandon Jennings got paid a lot to sit on the bench one year and ended up alright in the NBA.

    • BiloxiGuy
      2:52 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

      It’s going to make for a terrrible situation for everyone. So pretty much the kid that goes to the D-League and completely slaughters the competition has to do it for 2 years before he can make real money? The NBA is a business and I can’t see teams holding players back who could actually help their ‘varsity’ roster. Another thing, staying in college only makes you a better college player. It does nothing to help your NBA game. Only the NBA can help your NBA game.

    • I'm kinda with ya
      3:02 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

      Raccoon – You sort of contradicted yourself by saying “you may be right for LeBron James type players”, and then naming three freshman from this yr who you think could of done it. So they’re not that “few and far between”, huh? While I don’t agree with you – I think Parker was the only freshman this yr that could of gave an NBA team anything close to 20pts a game (and that would have been on one of the more horrible teams in the league only) – I do agree that all three would have benefited more from a yr in the league than a yr in school.

    • Okay, I'm totally with ya now
      3:06 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

      Raccoon – My bad, man. I read your post again, and smarter this time. 🙂

    • Bankerbh
      6:58 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

      Don’t agree that these guys will be better off financially. With a pay cap at the player level the best will only make 28k. I read a couple stories earlier this week that there are team salary caps at the d league level and one of the players wS talking about having to borrow money to make ends meet. This doesn’t sound nearly as good as having every thing paid for and taken care of. Not to mention an immediate trip to d league does nothing for you academically. Head to school and put in your two years. There are a lot worse things in this world than being the BMOC.

  2. Dooooookie
    2:18 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

    Adam Silver is yet another Duke grad. He, Coach K and Jay Bilas will soon be running the NBA, Team USA, and the NCAA. Wow

  3. Julie
    2:23 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

    2 year rule that also allows HS kids to enter draft = Bad for Kentucky / Calipari
    2 year rule that requires HS kids to go to college = Good for Kentucky / Calipari

    The NBA players union will never agree to increase the age limit or make it a two year rule unless HS kids are also allowed to enter draft.

    • mike
      2:31 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

      You are assuming that the union, comprised of CURRENT nba players, care about what players outside of the association can and can’t do. They don’t.
      If anything, the association would love this rule because it limits incoming talent, therefore making it much easier for a player to stay on the roster.

    • Bankerbh
      7:02 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

      Not true. The best of the best plAyers will head to NBA and won’t be available to any college coach. Calipari won’t be at a deficit. It just means ALL college coaches will be recruiting from a slightly different talent pool.

  4. Some Guy
    2:27 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

    No point in rule of two years or enter draft from HS. That doesnt help the league, unless its two years college or two years D-league. But there is no TV time for D-leaque. You dont hear anything about the D-league. Why would anyone choose to go there unless they cant cut it in college? Well sorry NC kids would want to go now that they may have to start taking real classes.

    • mike
      2:37 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

      This is why the d-league should be reformed with better pay and better management. It should be treated like a legitimate league, one step below the big boys. I always thought it would be interesting if you could somehow put in a slot in the playoffs for a d-league champion. Having an unknown in the post-season always adds some drama. Certainly would add some incentive for a player to join the d-league and possibly incentivize fans to become more interest in their local d-league teams.

    • Steve
      2:40 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

      The post clearly states that Silver wants to raise the minimum age for the NBA to 20, while leaving the d-league minimum age at 18. So it is two years college or two years D-league.

    • raccoon
      3:02 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

      Mike, how about the D-League champ plays the worst team in the NBA in a seven game series and it that team loses they move to the D-League. Sort of like what I think some soccer leagues do.

      That adds the benefit of stopping teams from tanking. Would be awesome to see Milwaukee just move to the D-League. Note: I realize this is ridiculous.

  5. Han
    3:02 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

    To anyone wondering, they’d likely grandfather in current freshmen in college (our incoming class) and it would start with the next group, and it will still be turning 20 in the year of the draft, so guys like Dakari wouldn’t get forced to come back a third year if they don’t want to.

    • Craig
      3:51 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

      What makes you think they’d “likely” do it when no one in a decision making position has said they would, and that there’s no historical precedent of grandfathering to point to? The internet hivemind came to a consensus, for no good reason, that whenever the rule is changed people will be “grandfathered.” Now, that may or may not happen. But there’s zero reason for the certainty so many people have that grandfathering will happen.

  6. Indiana Cat Man
    3:06 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

    This shirt is okay, but when can I get my “Strive for Nine” shirt?

  7. BiloxiGuy
    3:07 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

    But Europeans and players from countries other than the U.S. can enter the Draft whenever they want. 18, 19, or 20. Doesn’t seem right.

    • European football fan
      3:34 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

      It’s strange with their love of socialism in government, but Europeans and South Americans are FAR more capitalistic when it comes to sports. They don’t hold young kids back like we do here. If you’re an English (for example) soccer prodigy, odds are you will get sent to the academy of a big club, where you get a passable education, but mainly focus on your sport, while being paid for your training with them. At 16 you’re eligible to enter into the first team of your club, and make millions. Much better than forcing kids to go to college when most don’t want or need it. The other thing that they do which I love is relegation. Tanking never happens in soccer, bc instead of getting the best college player, it sends you down to the lower league. No salary caps either, which I love. Attempting to artificially create parity in American sports with salary caps is really stupid to me.

  8. jimlowe7
    5:58 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

    I’m goin waaaay out on a limb here with these suggestions: 1. Change the “legal drinking age” of 21 that we have in America to 20 and match it with admission to the NBA (including D-League). 2. Put together a campaign to legalize marijuana at that age as well (think of all the tax dollars). 3. Promote the marijuana campaign by agreeing to lower the DUI standard to .06 (a compromise over the .05 being pushed by the NTSB) in order to take “buzzed” drivers off the road. 4. Put Bobby Knight in charge of enforcing all of the above!

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    1:15 am April 25, 2014 Permalink


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