The recent college basketball news has been more about the player/coach/agent scandals that have hit campus’ hard this past month. The age limit in the National Basketball Association was changed by then-commissioner David Stern in 2005 but a decade later the possibility of removing the any limit is a possibility. 2018 NBA Championship Odds updated: Goodbye one-and-done?
Senior contributor, Brian Windhorst, posted a piece on the ESPN website today titled “Goodbye one-and-done: With scandals rocking youth basketball, NBA readying to step in“. Windhorst reported that while “Stern celebrated a victory when he successfully created an age limit — a player had to be 19 years old or one year removed from his high school class graduation to be drafted — that accomplished his goal of removing pro scouts from high school gyms.”
Consequently the recent alleged corruption and play-for-pay news can’t be ignored. Now-NBA commissioner Adam Silver is looking to quiet the white noise with the “turbulence, as the underbelly in the youth and college basketball systems is being exposed. The NBA has watched it unfold. Seeing both a responsibility as the world’s leading basketball league and an opportunity to move in on valuable territory, the league is preparing to get involved again with elite high school basketball players, multiple sources told ESPN.”
Silver and several of his top advisers are supposedly engaged in listening tours and information-gathering missions with an array of stakeholders for months. The article went on to state “that meetings have been formal with the National Basketball Players Association about adjusting the so-called “one-and-done” age-limit rule. But Silver’s aim is much more comprehensive than simply re-opening the door for 18-year-olds to play in the NBA, sources said.”
“A plan is expected to include the NBA starting relationships with elite teenagers while they are in high school, providing skills to help them develop both on and off the court. It would ultimately open an alternate path to the NBA besides playing in college and a way 18-year-olds could earn a meaningful salary either from NBA teams or as part of an enhanced option in the developmental G League, sources said.”
Most relevant is that the “NBA is focusing on getting involved in two important periods in which they currently have minimal contact with prospects: the high school years and the time between high school graduation and when a young player is physically and emotionally ready to join the NBA.”
There is no simple solution to restricting players, be it high school or college, from dealing with agents. But eliminating the age-requirement would assist universities from constantly being scrutinized for their recruiting practices.
The Association 2018 regular season schedule is in the home stretch and with that comes the projected NBA Futures for teams to win the upcoming postseason tournament. ESPN does timely piece daily offering the latest projections for who would square off against who in this season’s National Basketball Association Championship. The following charts are courtesy of ESPN.com/NBA .
Las Vegas’ Superbook, Westgate, has updated their NBA Futures:
2018 NBA Championship Odds updated: Goodbye one-and-done?