[quote=“manatree, post:9, topic:1264”]The problem isn’t lack of minor leagues in basketball, it’s the way they are organized, or dis-organized. The reason minor league baseball & hockey works well is that even though each league and team is a separate corporate entity, they are part of an organized and affiliated hierarchy. Right now, there are probably 10 minor league basketball leagues in teh US. However, other than the NBADL, they are all independent, and like the indy baseball leagues, they are very volatile, and considered to be last resorts. if you are a high school kid, you’re better off trying to use college and it’s stable structure & consistent levels of competition as a means of advancing your basketball career.
I never quite understood why if the NBA considers the WNBA a worthwhile investment, they wouldn’t direct similar attention and resources in transforming the NBADL into a legit minor league. The NBADL has a draft, but does anyone know what the eligibility requirements are for their draft?
The reason baseball works fairly well is not just that high schoolers are eligible for the main draft, it’s that if you enter a 4 year college, you are not elligible to be drafted again until after your Jr year or you turn 21.
This means that high schoolers have three choices.
- Get drafted and go to the minor leagues
- Go to a JuCo and be eligible for the draft next year
- Go to a 4 year college and commit yourself to remaining in school for three years[/quote]
I agree 100%. The reason I follow the AHL (Wilkes Barre / Scranton Penguins) is because I want to see how potential future Pittsburgh Penguins are doing. I also follow the Pirates minor league teams (although mostly Altoona since they are in the same league as Harrisburg’s team) for the same reason – want to see how the Bucco prospects are doing.
I thought that when Isaiah Thomas bought the CBA, he’d turn it into a farm system for the NBA. Unfortunately, he just bankrupted the league. I could never follow a team in the CBA, because the players were always different from year to year. And the roster wasn’t feeding anything I cared about. I’d go see the Lancaster Lightning play if they were the Sixers farm team.