Vecenie: Lowering the minimum age for the NBA Draft doesn’t help anyone. Especially not the players

It’s no secret that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has made lowering the NBA Draft’s minimum age from 19 to 18 a clear priority. He has mentioned this many times over the years and is a firm believer that the NBA should allow 18-year-olds to enter the draft.

“I’m on record – when I balance all these various considerations, I think it would be the right thing to do,” Silver said most recently in July. “I hope this is a change that we make in this next cycle of collective bargaining, which will take place over the next two years.”

That campaign began in 2017, when he used his annual press conference at All-Star Weekend to spread the word that the age issue needed to be revisited. He publicly cemented his position in the summer of 2018, and the league formally proposed it to the National Basketball Players Association seven months later.

However, nothing has changed. The rules further state that a player must turn 19 within the calendar year of the draft, and that American players must be a full NBA season away from high school graduation.

Now, for the first time in more than four years, Silver has some traction to achieve his vision. On Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that “the

Leave a Comment