Out of those 360 potential players I would imagine a number maybe at 25% of these (non two way contract) players earning a NBA call up would be on the high side. In another words 75% of the players signed to a D-League contract in any given season are not going to EVER play a regular season NBA game.
As far as the high school players go. They would still be few and far between. Say there was 30 drafted, one per team. Then 3 two way contract players per team. You are still looking at 7 other guys fighting out for a roster spot.
Baseball is obviously much different. You draft a high school player at 17 years old expecting him to normally play at about each level. Often times spending 5 or more years in the Minor League system. Just not enough talent for that right now in basketball in my opinion.
The cases where a player has played in the current ABA, PBL, or another "professional league" and made it to the NBA are very rare.
There's a very good reason for that most of those players are age 24 -28 years old.The league has its own bias built in in order to make the image of the league look larger than life to public.
You mentioned the younger player and that is where the loop is remember the commissioner spoke of researching the age demo. for drafting a player that grey area could be filled with the league controlling it, which is is what they really want.
But your point is valid.
Ideally, you'd have the G-League 'AAA/AA' level, a sub level independent league for ex-college players waived during G-League training camp, in say - Montana & the Dakotas, and an instructional league for the top High School Kids, in say - Las Vegas.
High School players could train Nov-May, to attend the NBA Pre-Draft, then play in the NBA summer league in July.
We are talking maybe a handful of elite players per year. Players Lebron, Kobe, KG and others that came straight in from high school.
We are not talking about a guy who "could" be a decent D-I player but would rather get paid to play. Any high school player coming straight out of HS should be considered a one and done player even if they do go to college.
This is not baseball. You dont have the structure to house 17 year old kids for 5 years hoping they develop.
Lays out a viable structure (Mania) I conducted an interview with the outstanding Boston Celtic player Dennis Johnson while he coached the Austin D League team we discussed the topic of development within the league he stated that players were simply not at that time being fully developed, a lot of what the league itself was in the mid 2000's was a showcase, as with most things it takes time for the vision to become what it could or may be.
Today it is developing talent, an infrastructure would have to be built in order to support Bectond vision but if the future of the sport could benefit and it could, baseball and hockey show it as viable.
Some interesting dialog on this topic, this is the way a message board should work when used properly it allows for differing ideas to be spoken about and not taken as a one size off model, for those who simply enter this site and read post and may not wish to enter their opinion.
You may post safely while others may not agree you won't be attacked for having an opinion, and that is healthy debate which for this site is a good thing..
They were doing some screen and roll work, and I kid you not. Only 2-3 players screening actually opened up to the ball after their screen. Now you can chalk it up to a shoot around, and the fact that the players were not focusing on doing things perfect (I guess...if you want to). Personally, I chalk it up to poor habits and skill development. This is where the US game has been going. AAU domination. Athletic prowess forcing skill to take a back seat. It's ridiculous. And that's just one tiny fundamental thing (you ALMOST ALWAYS open up to the ball and seal).
What's worse is Gators coach Mike White was named SEC Coach of the Year. Now I'm not an ultra basketball purist. I love the athleticism these days (sells a lot of tickets). However, skill development has been an after thought for far too long.
ASIDE from skill development though, sports platforms can be very powerful tools to impact communities. The NBA has become a corporate game. The schedules are long and hard (so much that these divas making millions are taking rest breaks). And the common person could never afford NOR take the time out to attend every game and really follow a team in person. The players are less tangible and accessible, and so I say that having the sub-leagues...GOOD, PROPERLY RUN sub leagues has way more upside then downside.
It doesn't have to be about making it to the NBA either. Despite my feelings regarding the drop in skill level, there are a ton of very talented players out there.A Lot of them can't deal with going overseas either. Oftentimes it's rather unhealthy, too. Having some properly run sub-leagues that bare more of an attachment then before is ideal. It's just good for the game of basketball. I know that most of the guys will never rise to the top, but...that's putting the cart before the horse somewhat IMO. With the current detached system? Sure...probably not. However, I tend to think if there was more attachment, it would foster a little more hope in the hearts of some of these guys, and they might put in the work to get there.
As for right now, most of our guys (for the Florida Flight and the rest of the NBA) are set on playing overseas. The NBA is barely an option at all in their minds right now. I'm not saying it should be either. I just know that if there was a cracked open door though...they'd likely go a little harder. I remember how I felt a couple of years ago after attending my first NBA Summer League game and how I felt. I walked away like, "Wow...most of our guys are not even close!" With such detachment and separation, players at the lower level don't have a platform to get much of a clue. Watching games on TV doesn't really show how big, strong and fast NBA guys are.
Long winded here I Know...I guess I'm just saying that I see little downside at all with doing the sub-league system. It would be 100% good for the game!
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If the thought is to build a layered system of sub divisions under the D/G League I would point out a couple of things.
Baseball and Hockey already have this in place and soccer in some ways. What makes basketball different from hockey and baseball is that the structure of the draft would have to change completely. I not a big hickey guy so I will stick with baseball as a reference. Also to note I work in Minor League Baseball so I have some personal experience.
We can all agree that most baseball players drafted wont make it to "The Show". I mean a very small percent. Look on a 25 man roster at each level and you'll typically find maybe 5-7 guys considered "prospects". Some of those guys thin out at each level. So my point is if you create sub levels of a Minor League system it would have to be mainly for the other aspect of minor league sports which is entertainment.
The problem though is that college basketball and the draft in the basketball dont really make this possible. In baseball a high draft pick say rounds 1-5 almost will always pick MiLB over college. Especially considering they get a nice signing bonus. The NBA draft would need to become many more rounds than 2 and kids would have to start picking the D/G League over say Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and other big name programs.
IMO that is the ONLY way you get enough talent to create a sub league unless that league only exist for entertainment.
I just wanted to use your statement as the reference point, it would support the cause of independent A baseball by this standard it only exist for that purpose if we use your bases for operating, they live to sell the contract of lets use a round number of 2 real prospects with the other guys being minor league lifers, not to mention the million or so in losses to operate the team.
If a concept of levels is organized in basketball your point in that some of it would be for entertainment would exist just as it does in hockey and baseball, the players would be free agents thereby not affecting the draft, baseball does this through its overseas academies, so there are ways to make it work, lets say these other levels are truly development structures if that is indeed the fact then they would operate without much fan fair just as baseball and lower level hockey, and throw in some Hollywood actors at least understudy ones who work their a$$ off on the lower levels of the industry waiting and or trying to put themselves into position for that opportunity why not basketball players, I know in the broadcasting game you're required to show the goods unless its an insider connection pathway,no matter how good were just yesterday if you want that next gig your game had better be good enough.
These lower levels would be a pathway, you spoke of the high school player its simply a matter of time now before one does skip the college game and opt for the direct entry into the D League, right now he's being block from making that choice but given the opportunity there are players that will do it, the system simply has to be available but your points again are well taken and valid I'm not knocking them just pointing in the direction of the grey areas that would show a pathway to the concept being viable.
And as things continue to change and adapt its not if but when, so if there is a structure developed for it, the event won't take on the we're so surprised that it has happened appearance. Who ever thought you could rent someone's living quarters to visitors from out of town? you simply have to be able to see what someone thinks is closed off.........
Minor league baseball teams are operated and often of by the parent club. All players are under contract by that organization. The only Minor League free agents are the ones who have spent years under a team's control.
If you mean an Independent league then technically we already have plenty in the ABA, PBL, NABL and others.
I know the current structure is different for basketball which allows for a player to sign to a team without being under the parent clubs control. I like this and hope they keep this. So many players get blocked in baseball because there are good players ahead of them at the same position.
The players' side is under the control of the parent club.
Generally, the actual OPERATION of a minor-league club is done by the minor-league owner/operator. The MLB team pays the players and supplies the coaching staff and manager and equipment and decides what happens to the players. But the actual operations - ticket sales, broadcasting, hiring and firing, interns, game operations, advertising and marketing - are undertaken by the local club.