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Seth Davis Gives 3 Ways to Improve Draft Evaluation Process and It’s Genius




I admit I usually disagree with Seth Davis and find him to be snarky and wrong. However, in his post today about how to improve the NBA Draft Evaluation Process he absolutely nails it and this should be implemented right away. First of all let me say this should all be about the players, not the coaches, universities, NCAA or yes, even us fans.

The first thing that should be changed according to Davis is pushing back the deadline to withdraw from the NBA. He says it should be after the Draft, which is a crazy idea but should happen. Why not give a kid a chance to see if he can go in the second round and if he doesn’t want to play in the D-League, come back for another year? Who is that hurting honestly? The ‘integrity’ of the game, which is so filled of hot air it’s irrelevant?

The second course of action is letting the kids play in competitive games in the summer. A lot of times pros will play in Pro-Ams where there is payment for winning, playing, etc. The NCAA can cap this according to Davis and still allow college guys to participate and truly match up against professionals. This is just another way to scout as an NBA executive and to prove your worth as a prospect. Again, no harm here.

The final one is the craziest idea, which is allowing some formal interaction with agents, which will scare everyone off right away. But, Davis makes a good point by doing this it allows the players and their families a chance to truly hear the business side of the game can use it more as a learning chance than anything else. This would have to be closely monitored, which is possible, but the least likely to ever happen.

Article written by Bobby Reagan

One time representative of UK at SEC 3v3 basketball championships. Northern Yankee living the Kentucky dream. Follow me @uklefty22

3 Comments for Seth Davis Gives 3 Ways to Improve Draft Evaluation Process and It’s Genius

  1. FlatTopsAndBlockedShots
    7:59 pm May 19, 2016 Permalink

    Or instead of all these convoluted ideas or arrangements how about just letting the player go back to school if they don’t get picked in the first round.

    And if this is simply just too logical, adopt the MLB draft rules.

  2. CrazyCayts
    8:28 am May 20, 2016 Permalink

    Actually, it seems like a pretty bad idea… At least the letting players come back if they dont get drafted part. How will that affect the universities? Coaches wont know if they need to find a recruit to take someones spot, over even worse, have someone commit and players end up returning after the draft to find their scholarship taken away. If someone goes unsuspectingly, then the coaches are forced to try to find a replacement in late June (nearly impossible). I know the athletes should be top priority but at the same time we cant cater so much that we are creating major negative affects other parties. Cant have your cake and eat it too as they say.

  3. rockatao
    6:12 am May 21, 2016 Permalink

    The only way the NBA agrees to pushing back the deadline is if the drafted player is bound to the team drafting him for some length of time. Otherwise, if the kid goes back to school, the team just p***ed away a draft pick.