According to senior reporter Shams Charania, the NBA and NBPA are in talks to lower the draft eligibility age from 19 to 18. This would allow players to enter the big leagues straight from high school, such as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and others did before the rule was changed in 2005.
Although not confirmed, it is likely that the drastic changes in grassroots basketball could have had a strong influence on this decision. There have been players in this era of basketball, such as LaMelo Ball, who shot professionally overseas before declaring the draft, as well as Zion Williamson, who likely would have been the number one pick overall if the “one and done” college basketball rule hadn’t been in place. Place, put. There are certain benefits to playing the NCAA ball today, like earning income while playing and building your brand, but the idea of skipping the braces and becoming a basketball pro has a lot of appeal.
If a change is in order, the league will likely make it effective from 2024.
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