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Back in 2005, the NBA raised the minimum age of draft to 19-years-old, adding that players must be out of high school for at least one year following graduation. Now the talk comes once again to raise the minimum age of entering the draft for the NBA to age 20.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently told GQ magazine that “principal argument is that it’s a restriction on players. And as a philosophical argument, I totally understand that. Of course it’s a restriction, in the same way a draft is a restriction. But our view is that it would make for a better league. You’d have more skilled players, more mature players. The draft would be better. It would be better for basketball in general. Strong college basketball is great for the NBA. And we know those players are eventually going to come to the NBA, whether they are 19 or 20 or 21.”
Written by Clarke Jones
Source: Sports Illustrated