A study conducted by The Athletic — using publicly available contractual information collected and organized by Eric Pincus and Spotrac in addition to sources within the NBA — shows that second-round salaries and the frequency that second-rounders selected directly from the NCAA have received guaranteed contacts have risen substantially over the last four years, particularly for players picked in the first 10 spots of the second round. While it may be technically correct to say that each NBA Draft only has “30 guaranteed contracts” handed out to first-round picks, it’s no longer true that those are the only players getting substantial guarantees in their contracts.
But the shifting paradigm toward a much more advantageous fiscal situation awaiting them in the NBA must be considered. In practice, there are no longer just “30 guaranteed contracts” in the NBA Draft, and those who discuss the sport should not act as such. There’s money waiting for kids in the second round, just as there is in the first round, where the 30th overall pick, at approximately $3.1 million guaranteed over two years — now gets paid on a scale similar with second-round picks. This analysis also does not even include the effect of two-way contracts, which allow players to make at least $75,000 — and up to approximately $300,000 in their first year if they spend 45 days with the NBA club. Among the seven college second-round picks who didn’t sign guaranteed contracts in the 2017 NBA Draft, five of them signed two-way contracts, allowing them to make good money in their first year out of school without having to leave the United States. These contracts give borderline NBA players even further incentive to test their luck with the NBA Draft.
Jameer Nelson, the all-time leading scorer in the history of Saint Joseph’s basketball, will be among the nearly 2,200 graduating students at Saint Joseph’s University’s 167th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 19. Nelson will officially receive a Bachelor of Science in sociology during the undergraduate ceremony, 14 years after being selected in the first round of the NBA Draft. During Nelson’s time with the Hawks, the team reached the NCAA Tournament three times, culminating with a perfect 27-0 regular season and a run to the Elite Eight in 2003-04. Nelson was the consensus National Player of the Year that season, earning, among other accolades, the John R. Wooden Award and the Naismith College Player of the Year Award.
Nelson re-engaged with the University in the summer of 2016 to complete the coursework for his degree, earning credits online while playing for the Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Pelicans and Detroit Pistons. “We are proud to send another successful class into the world,” says Mark C. Reed, Ed.D., president of the University. “Our graduates are poised for leadership. They continually meet and exceed all expectations set for them, and I am certain they will continue to do so as they represent Saint Joseph’s to the world at large.”
Bowling Green State University men’s basketball standout Demajeo Wiggins has removed his name from consideration for the NBA draft and will return to the Falcons for his senior season, the Springfield High School graduate confirmed in a phone interview Wednesday.