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Increase in second round guaranteed contracts makes NBA Draft decisions tricky

Neither EJ Montgomery nor Nick Richards are included in any major mock drafts, so why would they keep their names in the draft? In recent years, the number of teams giving second round picks guaranteed contracts has increased, making it more and more tempting for fringe prospects to keep their names in and roll the dice.

Ahead of last year’s draft, NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster broke down the numbers and discovered that 91 of the 132 college players picked in the second round of the last six NBA Drafts received at least a one-year guaranteed contract. With that in mind, I looked at last year’s draft and the trend continued. Of the 27 college players selected in the second round, 16 received at least a one-year guaranteed contract, meaning they made at least the league minimum for one season. The league minimum was $838,464 for 2018-19, up from $815,615 the season before. Two of those players were Jarred Vanderbilt and Hamidou Diallo, who each signed three-year, $3.92 million contracts with Denver and Oklahoma City, respectively, the first two years guaranteed. Of the college players who didn’t receive guaranteed contracts, four signed two-way contracts, two signed G League contracts, and two decided to go overseas to make money while the NBA retained their rights.

EJ Montgomery is participating in a Pro Day tomorrow in Santa Monica, California. Even though he may not seem like an NBA prospect to us right now, an NBA GM might see the potential and promise to take him in the second round. As recent history shows, this path to getting paid isn’t exactly the dream most prospects have growing up, but it is becoming more and more common.

That being said, another year as the star of Kentucky’s frontcourt would do that stock wonders. But that’s easy for a writer with nothing on the line to type.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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6 Comments for Increase in second round guaranteed contracts makes NBA Draft decisions tricky

  1. makeitstop
    3:48 pm May 27, 2019 Permalink

    You never get a second chance for first round money . and most of these guarantees are minimums – for a year or two most – literally half of which is gone by the time the agent and the IRS take their share and that is before buying your mom a house and yourself a car .For goodness sake’s let’s hope this kid gets some good advice.

  2. Bruce Dickinson
    6:42 pm May 27, 2019 Permalink

    Granted that is a lot of money. However, makeitstop has a great point about taxes, agents and buying things for people.! The money can go very fast. Hopefully Cal mentions this to them or they have family that will. Just a lot of money for someone that age.

    • makeitstop
      11:02 pm May 27, 2019 Permalink

      Sad thing is it seems like so much then 80% are BK within 5 years of leaving the NBA which for most of them isn’t but 3-4 years. The difference in a first round contract w guaranteed money multiple years -especially lottery money – and 2 way contract money is life altering. The former is F-u money if managed right, the latter is slip and fall money. EJ unless ur family is caught in gang warfare crossfire and ur saving their life don’t be short term rich long term poor. U get one shot, don’t clank it.

  3. UKCatAttack
    7:59 pm May 27, 2019 Permalink

    Short term rich or long term wealth— that’s the decision they have to make. He should definitely come back but I say he’s gone if Delk thinks he’s gone.

  4. Rixter
    8:17 pm May 27, 2019 Permalink

    I went to public school., so my siphering skills aren’t the best, but with about 300 guys in the draft, and only 60 spots, my guzintos tell me some of these guys are gonna end up very sad.

    • makeitstop
      10:55 pm May 27, 2019 Permalink

      Jethro?! Ur right… they’re is going to be much unhappiness. 60 guzzintas 300 a lot less than they all want.