Here's a great article outlining a great debate that many aspiring basketball players face.
Go to Europe or stay in the D-league in hopes of getting your name called up for a spot on a NBA roster.
While the 2011-2012 NBA season saw the most D-league call ups in the history of the league, the number was still only 50. And while 50 might sound like a large number of players who have been called up, it is a misleading figure. Of those 50, there are regular NBA players who have been injured or are struggling with their performance and are sent down to the D-league in order to get back in the flow of the game. Once rehabbed and healthy, or producing at an efficient level, the then D-league player is called back up to the NBA.
This figure is included in the 50.
The worst part about basketball players staying in the USA and playing in the D-league is the fact that most D-league salaries range from only $12,000 to $24,000. Average overseas players can get a $65,000 contract with ease. Depending on the league that players get into in Europe, salaries can start as high as $100,000. Not only is there a big discrepancy between the salaries, but the money made in Europe is typically tax free. The club oftentimes will pay your taxes to the country you are playing in. That American who is playing overseas may also receive credit with the United States government for paying their taxes. Further, most European clubs commonly pay for a player’s living expenses. That includes providing a player with a car and lodging. So the player in Europe can be saved from taxes and the more expensive living expenses.
How about the National Basketball League of Canada? NBLC any players considering that option instead of Europe or the D-league? Hopefully the NBL Canada salary becomes more competitive forcing players to reconsider the options even further.
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