Following up on the "Should NCAA Players Get Paid?" article and discussion, I noticed a post up on SBN's NBA "minor leagues" blog (Ridiculous Upside) asking whether Selby should have bypassed the NCAA. While the article didn't really talk much about Selby in particular, it raised an interesting point:
...players can be paid (legally), sign endorsement deals and be coached by NBA-level coaches while running NBA schemes on offense and defense instead of having to go through the rigmarole that is playing a year in college....
I wish the article had gone into a little more depth (then again, who am I to complain: it's not like I took the time to write it), but it raised the issue that there actually is an MLB-like model already in place for basketball (that some were advocating (including me) in the other thread). Although the system is still fledgling with only one straight-to-the-D-League participant, Latavious Williams, the new CBA for the NBA may change that. But would the NBDL have been a better choice for Selby?...
Some cash money. Not a lot from his NBDL salary, of course (less than $30k, as I understand). But other options for income exist, such as endorsements.
he'd be able to get solid coaching focused on his development
play against NBA-level competition
running NBA schemes on offense and defense (as mentioned above)
and learning NBA rules, in particular the Defensive 3 Seconds and 24-second shot clock.
No pesky classes.
No superstar status, or the accompanying perks, such as
No co-eds (at least probably not the same situation)
You're already working for the man - who would rather be an employee than a college student?
These are just what comes to mind, but I'd like to know more:
What is the real earnings potential for an NBDL-er - can a high school prospect like Selby actually get a shoe deal, for instance? How does the draft/signing bonus work for a player who goes through the D-League rather than NCAA? What is life really like in the D-League, compared to playing in college?