NBA Draft Kit: Suspension Report

NBA Draft Kit: Suspension Report

This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.

In the 2013-14 NBA season, 25 different players were suspended by the NBA or their respective teams for a total of 58 games.1 These figures constitute an increase over the totals of the previous two seasons, as the NBA continues its crusade to clean up the league's perceived "image problem" that has plagued it since the second retirement of Michael Jordan in 1998. As a result, fantasy owners must now be aware of the NBA's stiff upper lip when it comes to its suspension policy for a multitude of transgressions.
1These figures include the 20-game suspension handed down to Nick Calathes on April 18, though most of which will be served to start the 2014-15 season.

While it's widely expected that commissioner Adam Silver will follow in the footsteps of his predecessor David Stern when it comes to player discipline, it's nearly impossible to stand here and project for how long and which players are likely to be slapped with a ban. You can't predict stupid. Therefore, this column hopes to shed light on why and for what reasons players can be suspended under league rules and under the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) signed in 2011 by the NBA and players' union, as well as identify which players may be at the highest risk for missing games in the upcoming 2014-15 NBA season. As famed philosopher and essayist George Santayana once said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

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Justin Fielkow
Justin Fielkow is an attorney at the Franklin Law Group in Northfield, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. A proud Wisconsin Badger, he also attended Tulane University Law School, where he obtained a Certificate in Sports Law. Justin has been writing for Rotowire since 2008, covering the New Orleans Saints, and as a columnist analyzing legal issues and their impact on fantasy sports.
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