It’s no secret NBA commissioner Adam Silver has made lowering the NBA Draft minimum age from 19 to 18 a clear priority. He’s brought it up many times over the years and firmly believes the NBA should allow 18-year-olds to enter the draft.
“I’m on record — when I balance all of these various considerations, I think it would be the right thing to do,” Silver said most recently in July. “I am hopeful that that’s a change we make in this next collective bargaining cycle, which will happen in the next couple of years.”
This campaign began back in 2017, when he used his annual news conference at All-Star Weekend to float the idea that the age issue needed to be revisited. He publicly cemented his position in the summer of 2018, and the league formally proposed it to the National Basketball Players Association seven months later.
Yet nothing has changed. The rules still state that a player must turn 19 years old within the calendar year of the draft, and that American players must be one full NBA season removed from graduating high school.
Now, for the first time in more than four years, Silver has some traction to achieve his vision. On Monday, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that “the: