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NBA D-League

Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by NashBuff, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. NashBuff

    NashBuff CSU Knob-Slobberer

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    The SI article said there are 11 D-League teams but the official D-League website shows 16 teams...lazy journalism at its finest.

    What caught my attention was that D-League regulars make $15,000.00 to $25,000.00 per season. If the D-League continues to grow and that amount doubles, could we start seeing some blue chippers opt for the D-League instead of the NBA? The D-League will eventually get to 30 teams and then after that happens, there could be another minor league division added to that.

    Could this have an impact on college basketball down the road?

    I'm also thinking that if the Nugs were to put a D-League team in this state, perhaps Colorado Springs will get that team over Broomfield and Loveland.
     
  2. torerobuff

    torerobuff Dancing is forbidden Club Member

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    Did you mean opting for the D League instead of College?

    Also, there was a D League team in Broomfield. They moved to Texas.
     
  3. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    I think it can work in many mid sized town but I think for it to really attract top blue chippers it would

    1 - need to pay a lot more, maybe once it hits 100k. I would rather go to school for free and be the BMOC than make $25k
    2 - need to be much more competitive. Right now way more players go from college to the NBA than go from the development league to the NBA, sure there are a lot more teams, but if you are good enough to play at DUKE, Kansas, Kentucky, then your chance of getting into the NBA are pretty good.
     
  4. NW Buff

    NW Buff Club Member Club Member

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    I would prefer kids going to the D-league than the complete one-and-done sham that is going on now.
     
  5. absinthe

    absinthe Ambitious but rubbish. Club Member Junta Member

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    The D-League needs an NCAA style tournament.
     
  6. Jens1893

    Jens1893 Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    If it was all about the money they could always play in Europe for a year.

    Why play in a third rate league for 100k when you can play in a second rate league for a million?
     
  7. rolandftw

    rolandftw Club Member Club Member

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    The salaries need to be more competitive with what players can get on the international market. Brandon Jennings made about $2 million playing for an international club in Italy after graduating high school.

    $15,000-25,000 is a joke, and shows that the NBA is not serious about really having a legitimate minor league system.
     
  8. MtnBuff

    MtnBuff Not allowed in Barzil 2 Club Member

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    Not many guys coming out of the D-league and making big impacts in the NBA. Right now if a kid wants to be a pro he sees college as the first choice. If that isn't an option then Euro is far ahead of the D-league, more money and more examples of guys who have transitioned and established themselves.

    Kid can make a lot more money a lot of places other than D-league. Even China is paying much more.
     
  9. CVilleBuff

    CVilleBuff Club Member Club Member

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    The top European leagues are leaps and bounds above the D-League, IMO. D-League is garbage and that's never going to change. It's not a "D-League", it's a pathetic minor league in which you have a 1% chance of becoming an NBA regular. Go play in Spain and make $$$ and face legit competition.

    Virginia had a stud a few years ago, Sylven Landesberg, who got tired of college and decided to run away and make $$$ by playing in Israel. Needless to say, he was never heard from again.
     
  10. Jens1893

    Jens1893 Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    There´s far more money in Italy, Russia and especially Greece.
     
  11. absinthe

    absinthe Ambitious but rubbish. Club Member Junta Member

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    uh what?
     
  12. NashBuff

    NashBuff CSU Knob-Slobberer

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    1 - $30-50k is VERY good money for a high school kid that probably is not in any debt. I earned that kind of money right out of college with two student loan bills and a car payment and had a comfortable life. With the idea of earning millions of dollars, that kind of money to go to college would be an awesome idea. Since the NBA has a deal with KIA, there can always be loaner KIA cars to those players and they wouldn't have to put money down for a car payment. There is also long term lodging places out there.
    2 - D-League will become more competitive once fully developed. The name of a college isn't really that big of a deal just like in the workplace. I graduated with a degree from a D3 school and I'm earning three times the money of the average D-Leaguer right now.
    3 - Not every kid wants to keep going to school not because they are sick of books and tests but they are coming from struggling families and that kind of money would be easier if the player doesn't have to get a car.
    4 - There are kids on those loaded NCAA rosters that are sitting on the bench instead of getting valuable playing time.
    5 - The One and Done NCAA rule will probably go away once the D-League gets to 30 teams. Once that happens, kids will be forced to either go straight to the NBDL/NBA right away or have to wait another three years before getting drafted into the NBA just like the NFL draft rule.
     
  13. CVilleBuff

    CVilleBuff Club Member Club Member

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    Point taken. I'm no expert on European ball, although it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that making a couple hundred K and playing in the Mediterranean sure beats making 20k and playing in Bakersfield and Sioux Falls.
     
  14. NashBuff

    NashBuff CSU Knob-Slobberer

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    Looks like the D-League salaries are pretty much on par with baseball.
     
  15. wsp4820

    wsp4820 Sally Club Member Junta Member

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    These points are incredibly irrelevant if the question is "will blue chipper choose the D-League over college?" First, we all know the blue chippers are making much more than 25K per year to play at Kentucky. And since it's all under the table, it's not even taxable. Second, playing time is irrelevant if you're talking about blue chippers. They'll play and they'll play immediately at any of the top schools right now. The only folks who would choose D-League (at 16, 30, or 300 teams) are kids who can't qualify academically and can't play in Europe. Period.
     
  16. MtnBuff

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    How many regular starters in the NBA come from the D-league vs. drafted straight from college. How many regular starters vs. guys who have played overseas.

    D-league has a decent number of guys who have gotten NBA contracts but a pretty high percentage are the fill the end of the bench, 10 day deal guys, not significant impact.

    Doesn't mean it can't be done but if you are a young kid with ability looking to be an NBA player there are other options that look a lot better.
     
  17. absinthe

    absinthe Ambitious but rubbish. Club Member Junta Member

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    Ironically i was watching a d-league game at lunch yesterday and learned:

    Since 2005 60% of all draftee's have played in the D-league.
    118 guys on current rosters have spent time int he D-league.

    here is a good list for you:
    http://www.nba.com/dleague/tracker/
     
  18. Jens1893

    Jens1893 Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    And if you can´t qualify academically and can´t find a job in Europe, you´re probably better off to come to terms with the fact you´re never going to earn a living playing sports.
     
  19. wsp4820

    wsp4820 Sally Club Member Junta Member

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    I was still thinking "blue chippers," and probably should have said "don't want to play in Europe."
     
  20. Jens1893

    Jens1893 Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Ok, although I´d have to question their sanity if they passed up on 500k+ here to play for 50k in Sioux Falls. But then you may have bigger issues anyway if you can´t find a school that lets you qualify academically as a blue chipper.
     
  21. DBT

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    Isn't the D-League owned by the NBA and subject to the age limit rule?
     

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