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Tiger Prawn
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Abolish the draft and let rookies choose their own team
New Orleans has had 2 franchise stars since the Hornets/Pels moved here and both have forced their way out via a trade to glamorous Los Angeles. The ink on the AD trade isn't even dry yet and here we have ESPN advocating for a way to rob us of our future franchise star before he even suits up.

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There are any number of environmental or chemical factors present in "unhappiness" -- social media is certainly one, mental health conditions that go undiagnosed and untreated are likely another. One less obvious feature present in the lives of young NBA players is that the vast majority of them are playing in cities, for bosses, with co-workers and on behalf of brands they had zero influence in choosing.

In the NBA, a first-round pick who shows promise is effectively under the control of the team that drafted him for the first seven seasons of his career. This means that in the most formative years of their professional development, the most talented young men in basketball are given no agency to decide what most of us take for granted: where we will live, work and put down roots in our adult lives.

As Anthony Davis was preparing to become the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA draft, I wrote a piece proposing the NBA ditch the draft. Though the idea was presented as a fix for tanking, I also wanted to emphasize the principle of fair labor. I suggested that among the effects stemming from the abolition of the draft "would be a likely uptick in retention. A young player who chooses his destination based on his personal criteria is far more likely to stick around long term."


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Proponents of the draft generally maintain that it's the only way to ensure fairness in a 30-team league in which some of those teams are far more appealing homes than others. When a prodigy like Zion Williamson declares himself eligible to play in the NBA, the fairness of allowing him a say in where he'd like to play must defer to the fairness of giving the league's failing teams an infusion of talent.

Williamson, though, might entertain ideas about what kind of coach he'd like to play for, or the kind of city he'd like to live in, or the types of teammates he'd like to share the court with. Given that Williamson is a player with uncommon force whose output will need to be managed carefully, he might not want to entrust his body to just any medical and performance staff.

In a league where the product is the talent, why do employers get to interview the potential employees, but not the other way around? As Williamson embarks on building a global brand for himself over a career whose prime will come and go in about a dozen years, he might even have certain standards about what kind of person or businessman an NBA owner should be. Why is disqualification a one-way street, whereby no team has to employ a player whose character it finds questionable, but no player has the right to dismiss an owner he and his family might think is sketchy?


LosLobos111
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re: Abolish the draft and let rookies choose their own team
Heard some of this same crap with the NFL draft

How ridiculous


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Macintosh504
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re: Abolish the draft and let rookies choose their own team
TL;DR

This is retarded
This post was edited on 6/18 at 11:56 am


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smoke225
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Member since Feb 2007
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re: Abolish the draft and let rookies choose their own team
Bahahaha
This is stupid


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Fun Bunch
New Orleans Pelicans Fan
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Member since May 2008
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re: Abolish the draft and let rookies choose their own team
Gee I wonder if the Knicks had gotten 1 if we would have seen this article


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cleeveclever
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Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2008
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re: Abolish the draft and let rookies choose their own team
Yeah...saw this.

Interesting how he likes to crap out this spicy take whenever a small market team has top pick.


msutiger
Louisiana Tech Fan
Member since Jul 2008
62797 posts

re: Abolish the draft and let rookies choose their own team
When you do this, just go ahead and shut down about 24 franchises and let the same six play each other.


fricking coastal elitism at work once again.


Tiger Prawn
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Member since Dec 2016
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re: Abolish the draft and let rookies choose their own team
At least the twitter replies are all calling this out as bull shite and for the fact that he's from Los Angeles, so of course he'd advocate for changing to a system where the Lakers would be the biggest beneficiary.

Author's twitter


LosLobos111
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re: Abolish the draft and let rookies choose their own team
He mad

No more lottery picks for the Lakers after griffin reamed them

Image: https://media1.tenor.com/images/a8b775fe81e39fb6cf5cace868929e05/tenor.gif?itemid=12046589


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GonadBallbarion
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Member since Aug 2015
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re: Abolish the draft and let rookies choose their own team
So how the hell do they figure out the draft order? We decide which the most talented are and that's the order they pick their teams?????? So Zion decides first then jas turn?


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Tiger in Texas
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Member since Sep 2004
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re: Abolish the draft and let rookies choose their own team
ESPN...what a joke! If you stop the draft then you might as well just shut down the NBA...same goes for the NFL! There would never be any chance of balance, small market teams would be disbanded. Once again, just like the media fake news in politics, they are trying to create bull shite because they are pissed that a small market city like NOLA controls the draft this year. They want LA or NY to be discussed...or to a lesser extent, a Chicago or Boston. Journalism is truly dead today!


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Not Cooper
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re: Abolish the draft and let rookies choose their own team
It would be a free market like college. There are only 12 roster spots so it isnt like the best players would just all go to one team. Of course in this scenario you'd have to get rid of rookie scale contracts, make a hard cap, and have no max contracts.

You'd essentially have to change the entire structure of the league in order to allow this and I don't think anyone wants that. This is just another guy mad that Nola got Zion.


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whoisnickdoobs
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re: Abolish the draft and let rookies choose their own team
frick that.


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TigerinKorea
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Methuselah
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re: Abolish the draft and let rookies choose their own team
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When you do this, just go ahead and shut down about 24 franchises and let the same six play each other.

I was just about to post the same thing. Even six is kind of stretching it.


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Rand AlThor
New Orleans Saints Fan
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Writer from LA...shocking


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King Zion
Member since Jun 2019
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re: Abolish the draft and let rookies choose their own team
didnt read but theres no possible way that someone could think that.


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Philippines4LSU
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Member since May 2018
5895 posts

re: Abolish the draft and let rookies choose their own team
They’d have to abolish the salary cap and any limits on how much you could pay a player for this to even work in theory. Even then, all you’ve done is replicated Major League Baseball.

The Yankees and Dodgers (Knicks, Nets, Lakers and Clippers) would just outbid everyone else for the top talent.

Smaller markets would essentially become farm systems for the large market teams.

Guys would go to small markets as rookies and develop for several years. Then when they’re good enough to compete, they’d all sign with the big market teams for more than we (or most teams) would be able to pay them.

If you wanted to make the NBA totally uninteresting for 80%+ of the current audience, this would be a good way to do it.


shel311
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re: Abolish the draft and let rookies choose their own team
No draft, hard cap, no max contracts.

Let's go!


Not Cooper
UCLA Fan
Member since Jun 2015
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re: Abolish the draft and let rookies choose their own team
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The Yankees and Dodgers (Knicks, Nets, Lakers and Clippers) would just outbid everyone else for the top talent.

Smaller markets would essentially become farm systems for the large market teams.

I don't like this proposal but this is a pretty dumb argument against it. The Dodgers have been good lately But the 2 NY teams and 2 LA teams have combined for 3 titles this century in a total of 7 appearances.

The Astros, Cubs, Red Sox, Royals, Giants, and Cardinals have all won since the last time one of the 4 NY/LA teams won.


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