NBA Proposes To Lower Draft Age To 18: Report

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The NBA has right this moment submitted a proposal to the National Basketball Players Association, requesting that the league decrease the draft-eligible age to 18 from 19.

Coincidentally, the formal proposal got here lower than 24 hours after Duke's star freshman, 18-year outdated Zion Williamson, suffered a light knee sprain when his Nike PG 2.5 sneaker unexpectedly fell aside throughout Wednesday's nationally televised recreation towards UNC.

Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today stories:

"The league and union have had casual discussions about decreasing the age restrict, and NBA commissioner Adam Silver is on document saying the present 19-year-old age restrict is just not working for the league or school basketball."

"This is step one in formal negotiations to decrease the age restrict by the 2022 draft. The situation is collectively bargained between the NBA and NBPA, and either side want to comply with any rule change."

The NBA's present rule, requiring gamers to be 19 years outdated or have accomplished one 12 months of school earlier than turning into eligible for the NBA Draft, was carried out in 2006. Several gamers, together with LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett have been all profitable in making the leap to the professionals proper out of highschool.

At the July NBA house owners’ assembly, NBA commissioner Adam Silver told reporters:
“My private view is that we’re able to make that change. … When I’ve weighed the professionals and cons, provided that Condoleezza Rice and her Commission (On College Basketball) has beneficial to the NBA that these one-and-done gamers now come immediately into the league, and in essence the faculty group is saying we don't need these gamers anymore. That type of suggestions the size in my thoughts that we ought to be taking a severe take a look at decreasing our age to 18.”