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who were under19 when drafted
|17, 257||Jermaine O'Neal||1996||
|17, 308||Kobe Bryant||1996||
|18, 32||Tracy McGrady||1997||
|18, 127||Al Harrington||1998||
|18, 178||LeBron James||2003||
|18, 199||Dwight Howard||2004||
|Others under 19 on draft night: Eddy Curry, Tyson Chandler, Darius Miles and Josh Smith.|
There are a couple of parts of this agreement that I find particularly intriguing. One is the reduction of contract lengths. This is a good deal for the owners because they aren't going to be saddled with bad contracts for as long as before. This is going to save owners a great deal of money, especially when paired with the reduction in the raises in contracts.
Also, the increase in the salary cap is a huge plus for the players.
The increase in the revenue stream for the NBA dictates that this had to happen. It's only fair that if the owners are making more money, that the players share in the success since they are the reason for it.
The most surprising part of the new CBA was the increase of the age minimum to 19 years. I think this was a mistake by both parties. If you're going to have an age minimum, then it should be at least 20. This increases the chances for a kid to make a silly mistake. Now you may see guys going to Europe for a year or doing something really stupid like waiting out the draft and just working out for a year. If the age minimum was 20 years old, a player would be almost forced to show his wares in college or a professional league in Europe.
If that's the only complaint that can be made about the new CBA, then both parties did a great job.
Tim Legler is an NBA analyst for ESPN.