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The G-League Option Isn’t As Appealing As It First Looked

It’s fairly limited in some ways and there are no guarantees.

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Isaiah Todd is one of the early G-League signees
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That whole G-League-for-elite-prospects is appealing on some levels but it has some drawbacks too, as Zach Braziller points out in the New York Post.

First, the contract is only for one year. If for whatever reason you aren't good enough to get drafted, and in the first round, you may be out of luck (second round picks don’t have guaranteed contracts).

It does offer a chance to go to school at Arizona State for up to five years after your career ends but it’s not clear if that’s on campus or the online version ASU hawks so aggressively. We’re guessing the latter.

Also left unclear: does the ASU deal offer academic support? For all their flaws, NCAA schools offer a lot of academic support, particularly for marginal students.

Essentially it’s a way for the NBA to do two things: first get extended looks at young prospects, which will also expose the flaws in their games, and second, pressure the NCAA to push more aggressive reforms.

What it’s clearly not is a panacea for young players. The ideal is to get paid for playing basketball but the reality is a one-year tryout and all the responsibilities of manhood at 17. Some guys will be ready for it and some won't.