The Future of the NBA

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Since 1947, the National Basketball Association (NBA) has had an annual draft when teams from the league can select players who are eligible and want to play for them. Although overseas players can sometimes be selected, these are typically college basketball players. In the 1950s through 1970, you could be drafted to the NBA as soon as you completed your 4 years in high school. However, as part of the 2005 collective bargaining agreement, the NBA enacted its most current iteration of a minimum-age rule.

According to the rule, American athletes had to be 19 years old and at least one year out of high school starting in 2006. Today on June 23, 2022, the NBA inducts 3 young athletes that have the potential to be the new leading faces of the NBA. The NBA is filled with young talent and fans are excited to see what these young men are capable of.

Blue devil first overall

With the first pick in the draft today, the Orlando Magic selected Paolo Banchero. Paolo is a 6’10 power forward that played for Duke University. In his 2021-2022 season he averaged 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and shot .47% from the field. He led the team to a 32-7 record and went on to the NCAA’s Final Four. Without the benefit of a personal workout or trip to their hometown, Orlando shocked the majority of the league by selecting to take Paolo Banchero first. Banchero was questioned by the Magic at the NBA draft combine, and they ultimately concluded that he was the best prospect in the field and the guy worth using the #1 choice on.

Gonzaga Bulldogs Second

The 2nd pick in the 1st round of the NBA draft Oklahoma City Thunder took Chet Holmgren. Holmgren is a 7’0 center from Gonzaga University. During his 2021-2022 season, he averaged 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and shot .60% from the field. He also led his team to a 28-4 record along with finishing 1st in the west coast conference. However, Gonzaga went on to the sweet 16 and lost to the Arkansas Razorbacks with a score of 74-68.

Holmgren is good at hedging, trapping, dropping, switching, and containing smaller players in the paint. The use of his 7-6 wingspan allows him to easily challenge defenders and be the first to get off the ground and collect rebounds.

Auburn’s Tiger Third

With the 3rd pick in the NBA draft, the Houston Rockets selected Jabari Smith Jr. Jabari is a 6’10 power forward from Auburn University. In his 2021-2022 season he averaged 16.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and shot .42% from the field. Jabari led his team to a 28-6 record and finished 1st in the southeastern conference. Auburn had a devastating loss in the second round of the NCAA tournament loss to the Miami Hurricanes with a heartbreaking score of 79-61.

The Rockets, who are still in their early stages of rebuilding, had a simple decision to make in response to the pick of Jabari Smith. It makes sense to select Smith, who shot 42 percent from 3-point range and is 6-10, as the class’ most dynamic shooter. I believe that these 3 athletes will have no problem transitioning to the league and having a positive effect on the league.

 


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