Draft eligibility age, ABC, NBPA, LeBron James, Bronny James, when does the ABC end, new draft age

The NBA is reportedly set to roll back its draft eligibility age in a move that would see high school stars go straight into the league.

According Athleticism,the NBA and the Player’s Association (NBPA) will raise the age from 19 to 18 as the two sides work together on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

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The age was raised from 18 to 19 in 2005, requiring high school students to go through the college system, enter the G League, or move overseas to play professional basketball.

Superstar LeBron James was one of the last players to make the immediate jump from high school to the NBA before the eligibility age was raised, as he was selected with the No. 1 pick in the 2003 draft.

If this rule is approved for the new ABC, many fans will quickly turn their attention to the prospect that James is playing with his son, Bronny.

The Los Angeles Lakers star has made no secret of his desire to play professional basketball with his son, who is entering his senior year of high school.


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But Bronny will miss the window to make the jump from high school to the NBA as the amended rule won’t come into play until 2024 at the earliest.

If the changes are enacted in 2024, it would create a crazy draft situation, where the top high school players from that year will compete against the top freshmen who graduated from high school in 2023.

It also poses an interesting conundrum for players who have to consider going straight to the top or spending time in the college basketball system with the “name, image and likeness” (NIL) agreements they can sign. thanks to new legislation in various US states.

Previously, student-athletes were not allowed to make money despite the billion-dollar industry they play a pivotal role in creating.

But now they can make an income from their image or their name and given the opportunities to make money in college basketball, some players may go that route rather than jumping into the NBA and everything risk from the start.

The NBA and NBPA can mutually opt out of the CBA by Dec. 15, so time is running out when an official announcement on the new draft eligibility age will arrive.

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