As a young man one thing I always wonder is how much space is there in the league and how do they continue to make room for new draftees. I am only 20 years old so please don't judge me for asking this. My basketball knowledge is pretty up there,but this is something that is on my mind and I don't have an answer too. Obviously a few guys get cut every year and a few retire every year that we just don't hear about.But how is there constantly space in the NBA still. I see it this way, if 30 players get guaranteed contracts,then that is 30 players that either remain on the roster or close to the roster on the D-league team associated with the team.And then you have your few players that make the squad from the second round. So my question really is where does everyone go if all these new players keep coming up threw the ranks. Just something that I would like to hear a good answer to. My friends and I all talk about this with each other.We always wonder will the NBA run out of space. I'm open to all answers on this topic. I love being schooled.
Some go overseas when there isnt a contract and they normally are just end of the bench guys like lester hudson, he was a borderline NBA player and now he is playing in china. Guys like T-Mac who aren't good enough once the lose their athleticism or for whatever reason cant find a team in the NBA leave. Guys like jajuan johnson who get cut or whos rookie contract runs out just leave if there are no suitors. Guys like andres nacioni who are good enough for the NBA, but once they are out of their prime and playing small roles where nobody hears of them wind up over seas
So you think there are a few guys from a team every single year that leave or get cut is what your saying?
That's a great question, guys like Lindsey Hunter, Keyon Dooling, and Eddie House retire, plus about 10 2nd round picks nowdays are either stashed overseas or like Robbie Hummel go overseas and play. Other than that guys are just recycled, look at it this way, Eddy Curry, Troy Murphy, and Derek Fisher were on a team at some point this season, and are now at home unlikely to play in the league again(Fisher can if he wants though) and you have guys like Mikael Gelable and Chris Johnson coming back after a hiatus, and then guys like the Pargo brothers jumping around on 10 day contracts, and another reason is because teams are allowed to have 13 guys on their active roster, and due to the new CBA teams are looking to slash every single penny possible.
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The average NBA career is 3.75 years so it's not like alot of guys stick around forever, after some guys rookie deal expires they are gone
I can't remember a single team ever starting a new season with the same 15 guaranteed contracts from the year before. Many teams don't even fill the 15 roster spots available to them all season. Its not uncommon to see teams with 13-14 players instead of the 15 allowed.
Check out this link.
Near the bottom of the page "Years of Experience for NBA Players"
Of the 446 players to play in NBA this season 252 of them had 4 years or less of NBA experience
Of the 446 players in the NBA only 64 of them had 10 years or more of NBA experience.
The average NBA career is only 4.5 years.
(the max the NBA as a league can carry at any one time is 30 teams X 15 roster spots = 450) + players on injured reserve.
Theortically the NBA can have well over 450 players pepper rosters in a given season due to the use of 10 day contracts on free agents and D league call ups.