There has been a changing of the guard in the NBA that has impacted college basketball for the last few years, one that’s only going to be magnified over the next two plus years.
With the era of the Big 3 sweeping the professional league, college players are finding it a little bit harder to crack NBA rosters and even more difficult to find suitable situations that not only allows them to play immediately but also be part of a winning team.
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Most of the players drafted in the last three years or so have found themselves stuck between a rock and hard place. Seeking that lucrative contract after their rookie deal, players are leaving school earlier to make some money in the sport they have spent most of their lives training to play for money. Since college doesn’t offer that – yet – the NBA makes the most sense for some.
However, unless these college players are almost guaranteed to be first-round picks, they have it harder and harder to crack the rotation or just be drafted. If they are drafted and it’s not in the first round, they’re really floating around waiting for somebody to take the chance on them.
This is going to be even more difficult over the next few years as the NBA’s salary cap explodes beyond proportion, allowing teams to overspend without the risk of the dreaded luxury tax.
Here, I try to break it down into categories that will elaborate on just how much this salary cap boom can and will likely impact all college players looking for a home in the NBA, including the lucrative one-and-dones that have taken over the draft process in the last decade.