View Full Version : Compensatory Draft Picks?

03-09-2013, 07:01 AM
With the NFL Draft coming up soon, it's got me thinking...should the NBA implement compensatory draft picks or something in similar fashion in the NBA Draft? For those who don't know/aren't familiar with what those are, here's the skinny about how it works in the NFL...

In addition to the 32 selections in each of the seven rounds, a total of 32 compensatory picks are awarded to teams that have lost more or better compensatory free agents than they signed in the previous year.[58] Teams that gain and lose the same number of players but lose higher-valued players than they gain also can be awarded a pick, but only in the seventh round, after the other compensatory picks. Compensatory picks cannot be traded, and the placement of the picks is determined by a proprietary formula based on the player's salary, playing time, and postseason honors with his new team, with salary being the primary factor. So, for example, a team that lost a linebacker who signed for $2.5 million per year in free agency might get a sixth-round compensatory pick, while a team that lost a wide receiver who signed for $5 million per year might receive a fourth-round pick. awarded at the ends of Rounds 3 through 7.

If fewer than 32 such picks are awarded, the remaining picks are awarded in the order in which teams would pick in a hypothetical eighth round of the draft (These are known as "supplemental compensatory selections").

Compensatory picks are awarded each year at the NFL annual meeting which is held at the end of March; typically, about three or four weeks before the draft.


03-09-2013, 07:24 AM
I think its an interesting concept that could cut a lot of drama from the process of a player phasing his way out of a team, but I think the scarcity of effective players in the draft would make it tricky. Handing out a 2nd round pick for lebron james would be a ridiculous, as would taking a lottery pick. In the NFL, teams will have multiple valuable picks per draft as opposed to just 2 in the nba. Nice idea but not very practical in a two round system

03-09-2013, 09:55 AM
NFL can do that because of how many players get drafted & how many guys are on the team...

03-09-2013, 03:39 PM
Know if every team had a DL Team then you could see it happen and maybe expand Draft Rounds to 4. Also Raja Bell to the Heat. Also NFL needs to allow Underclassmen in Draft then Manzel could have been in this years if he wanted to.