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Daily Article for 2022-05-23

Finally! A Possible Solution to the NBA Age Related Draft Mess by Mark D. Hauser

I am pretty sure that this will be the shortest article that I will ever write.

As you know, a person has to be 19 years-old during the calender year of the NBA draft to be eligible. This was done to prevent delusional kids from tying to go straight from high school to the pros. Some people think 18 years-olds should be eligible for the draft, others like the current rule, some want it to raised to age 20 or at least two years of college, and some people want the players to play at least three years of college.

I look at the pro and cons of all of these and I find them all unsatisfactory. Apparently, you have to protect kids from dumb decisions, but I think there should be a way for a phenom like LeBron James to enter at 18 if he is ready --which he was.

Hence, I have a compromised solution and here it is: Raise the rule to 20 years-old, but allow 18 and 19 year olds to petition for an exception to the rule. If they are turned down at 18, they could still reapply at age 19.

The acceptance of their petition would be determined by, say, a 20 or 25 member NBA committee with, say, a 2/3 or 3/4 approval. The committee could consist of a mix of players, coaches (pro and college), general managers, David Stern or other league executives, and scouts.

I have two questions for you:

1) What do you think of my proposed solution?

2) Should I be David Stern's replacement when he retires? (I have a law degree.)


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Past Articles

Should the NBA and NFL be Allowed to Exclude Players under the age of 21 from Playing? by Mark D. Hauser
The 25 Greatest Heavyweight Boxers of All Time by Mark D. Hauser
Soccer will Never be Popular in the United States by Mark D. Hauser
Evaluating the Big O, West, Baylor, Malone, and Barkley: What's Fair? by Mark D. Hauser
Finally! A Possible Solution to the NBA Age Related Draft Mess by Mark D. Hauser
Who's the Greatest of All Time in a Particular Sport? by Mark D. Hauser
Fight Measures on the NHL Agenda by Hakan Lane
Why are There so Many Dumb Sports Opinions out There? by Mark D. Hauser

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