2011 NBA Draft: The Year of the Freshman

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2011 NBA Draft: The Year of the Freshman

With the Collective Bargaining Agreement expiring after this season, the NBA could be in for major changes.

Despite strong evidence to the contrary (including a higher than expected salary cap), the owners claim to be losing money. This sticky situation could be a large contributor to the outcome of the 2011 Draft.

Many players may avoid the draft completely if the one year rule is eliminated. That would allow both high school seniors and first-year students to enter the draft and create an extremely deep draft.

While it's hard to imagine the NBA having another lockout, there are endless possibilities.

The only thing that is clear is this: With 13 freshmen projected to go in the first round, this season will be all about the youngsters.

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