Aboya and the pros

Alfred Aboya remains enrolled in graduate school, but he is going to take a shot at playing professionally before moving forward with his political career. He played in the Portsmouth Invitational earlier this month, and is trying to set up workouts for NBA teams.
If he does not play in the NBA, I’m told he wants to play in Europe.

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  • BruinChick

    Welcome back Dohn!

  • Larry

    Good for Aboya. Hope he makes a team. Great work effort and I feel he’s still go more to give to the game than we’ve seen.

    Stupid question… but I NEVER watch or follow the NBA… only college hoops and as such, have always wondered… (not that Aboya will be one), but how many picks in the draft are considered “lottery” picks? Is this the top 14 or all in the first round or what? If someone says they are a lottery pick, what exactly does that mean? Yes, I know it means they went early, but early up to what limit? Thx.

  • Anonymous

    yup, you’re exactly right Larry. the lottery picks are the first 14 players to go in each respective draft. being picked in the lottery is important in a few ways..

    1.) the lottery picks get the most $$$, and get paid that amount for a guaranteed 2 year contract, with a team option for a 3rd year. within the top 14 lottery picks, again, the higher you get picked, the more $$$ you get. I didn’t know how much it exactly was either, but according to a chart I’m looking at (for c/o 2005), the #1 overall pick got around 3.6 mil/yr, #2 – 3.2 mil, #3 – 2.9 mil, and all the way down to #14 who got almost 1.3 mil. then after their rookie contracts, franchise guys like kb24, lebron, and dwade get GIANT second contracts from the team that drafted them or other teams that come in and throw a boat load of cash at em.

    2.) usually, the teams that are drafting in the lottery are teams that didn’t make the playoffs the previous season (unless a playoff team trades for a lottery pick, or is owed one from a trade that went down b/w them and a non-playoff team), which usually means a ton of minutes/opportunity to succeed for these players due to the teams being bad.

    kinda long-winded, but there ya go haha..

  • Larry

    Thanks! Exactly what I was looking for. Appreciate the comments and the time.