The NBPA is reportedly “open” to lowering the age to enter the NBA draft to 18

The NBPA is reportedly “open” to lowering the age to enter the NBA draft to 18

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Back in 2005, the league raised the age limit for entering the NBA draft from 18 to 19. This required players to attend at least one year of school or play as a season in the G League or even play abroad, as we’ve seen in the past. However, it was reported that the NBPA was “open” to lowering the draft age limit back to 18. This can’t happen overnight, but it’s something that has certainly been discussed for a number of years.

Back in July, Commissioner Adam Silver also spoke on the matter, saying the league was hoping for it and that it was the right thing to do. Nothing has happened so far, but young players can hope that the league will be able to do it in the next two to three seasons. Possibly even less.

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When will the league and NBPA agree to lower the draft age back to 18?

One of the biggest challenges with lowering the age limit to 18 is that NBA veterans don’t want to lose their jobs any faster than they have in the past. The league needs to have a plan where veterans help the young player grow while the vets also don’t feel threatened about losing job security.

The last player to be drafted at age 18 was Amir Johnson to the Detroit Pistons in 2005. Johnson didn’t have a illustrious NBA career like some of the best players to come to the league after high school. LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Dwight Howard to name a few.

NBPA chief executive Tamika Tremaglio spoke at length about what a draft age lowering for the league might look like and had this to say.

“We also appreciate that there are a lot of perks to really having veterans that these 18-year-olds can bring. And so you know that certainly anything we would even consider, to be perfectly honest, would have to include some component that would allow veterans to participate as well.” – Tamika Tremaglio

Commissioner Silver also stated that they would try to get this done before the end of the next CBA. It ends after the 2023/24 season, meaning players could potentially be drafted again at 18 from 2024 onwards.

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