The Basketball Player Of The Nba Essay

1945 Words Oct 5th, 2016 8 Pages
The “One and Done” rule that is currently in place to get to the NBA has been a heavy topic of debate in the basketball world since its introduction in 2006. The rule, as defined by the NBA, states that all high school graduates would gain eligibility for the draft one year after their high school graduation as long as they turn 19 years old by the end of the calendar year of the draft. Before 2006, any player could go straight from high school into the NBA. They could also choose to go to college. Each of these had their strengths and weaknesses, and each way worked (and didn’t work) for numerous players all over the United States. Notably, going straight out of high school worked for some of the all-time greats such as Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Garnett. However, for some people, it has worked out horribly. It was very common for players hyped up to be “the next greatest basketball player of all time” to join the NBA straight out of high school and turn out to be overrated and not actually very good players. They would end up washing out in the league after a year or two and fade into irrelevancy. The NBA commissioner at the time, David Stern, hated that players kept going straight into the NBA draft out of high school, getting drafted based off potential, burning out and then not being able to play in college basketball after because they had already played the sport professionally and the rules didn’t allow it. He thought players were too young to be…

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