What would it take for an Unknown NAIA player to make it to the NBA
Lately I have seen a few players that would put players that were drafted in the NBA this past year to shame that are in the NAIA. I cant believe that thier is no love shown to thier obviously superior talent and skill level. What does it take for a player who HASNT take Division 1 route to make it the NBA and how many players are in the NBA right now that havent went to D1 school or europe that is playing since the NBA age rule......would love to know the info
Kendrick Perkins, he wasn't NAIA but im pretty sure he just went to a junior college
george hill of san antonio first round pick last year.
BUST YOUR ASS in the gym every day , thats what im doing
To go from NAIA to NBA you would have to average
35ppg, 23rpg and 14apg..something around there
He didn't pan out but, he jumped from junior college,...people said he'd be the next McGrady
One could try the D-League if you don't get drafted. But if you turn heads at the combine you'll get noticed.
Moochie Norris played D2 ball and made it into the league, he averaged about 24 ppg but was drafted in the second round, i remember he was instant offense and had a solid NBA career
george hill went to iupui whish isnt naia,,,its in the mid america conference which is still D1!!
i dont know how you'd get noticed but I know Chris Anderson played JC at blinn college and made it to the NBA through there. I think you have to be super athletic and be a good player and make your way through the d-league.
Become amazing at one particular part of the game. Ala Chris Anderson, and Dennis Rodman.
i kno alot of ppl in the street that can probly beat some nba players to.
but its not just about talent.
its about change and sacrifice.
most guys cant adapt to the nba lifestyle and the system teams run.
Ben Wallace = Virginia Union University =D
Deveon George played D3 ball
there's the d league route as someone said, but it's a numbers game...there's only 400 and something roster spots in the whole nba...there's millions of basketball players around the world who are probably good enough to be in the NBA, there's just not enough room for everybody...
Millions? Wow I hope your being sarcastic.
He attended Meridian Community College, which is a 2 year public community college, in Mississippi. Where hee averaged 20.8 ppg and 8.7 rpg. He entered the NBA draft in 2001, but was not drafted. He has had one of the hardest roads to the NBA for any player...
It's worth noting that most guys who played juco ball simply weren't smart enough for D1 - not that they weren't recruited.
Two greats of the 1990's Dennis Rodman who was 5'11'' when he graduated high school and hit a major growth spurt he actually did goto a NAIA school Southeastern Oklahoma State, he got NBA attention through pre-draft camps and was 2nd rounder and ended up being one of the greatest rebounders in NBA history. Pippen also played NAIA ball as a 6'1'' walk on to Central Arkansas and sprouted to 6'7'' in his time there and like Rodman got attention from pre draft tournaments, 6 NBA Championships, 2 Olympic Golds and many achievements later these two players prove with hard work and a RIDICULOUS growth spurt the NAIA jump is possible, 11 Championships, 9 All-Star games, 17 All-Defensive teams, Rodman won 7 rebounding titles etc...those two guys are two of the best of their respective decades
he was the d2 player of the year
Many players who don't play college ball or just play pickup games or stuff on the street have the talent to play in the NBA. The problem is they are usually guys who score a ton (unlikely to happen in the NBA from the street) and don't have the knowledge to play at an NBA level. Say a pg, I don't someone off the streets is going to be able to run an NBA team, that is too big of a change.
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