Should the NBA eliminate the 'one and done' rule? | The Tylt
Should the NBA eliminate the 'one and done' rule?
The one and done experiment is over. It is a complete failure. Even Adam Silver knows it. He needs to do the right thing, and allow athletes to jump from high school to the NBA so they can immediately provide for their families.
For many NBA players, their athletic ability is their family's meal ticket. A lot of players don’t grow up as fortunate as others, and their family struggles to pay the bills. Being able to take care of their mom and dad immediately after high school is a huge burden off their backs. If other high school graduates are offered that opportunity with other jobs, why not NBA players?
Detractors say that these kids aren't mature enough to be on their own, and that an extra year in school helps. However, the NBA offers financial seminars that guide their rookies through finances, and making the right decisions with their money. They don't have an incentive to learn in college when they already know they’re going into the league. The NBA could help them more straight out of high school in that regard than one year in college can.
Despite getting force fed talent, the NCAA is not really benefitting from having players go one and done. Basketball programs get cocky players that don't see the benefit of risking their bodies when the NBA Draft is just a year away. The on-court product gets worse, and the rule that was supposed to invigorate the NCAA is not doing much else than showing bad basketball.
Rare is the athlete that comes right out of high school ready to play in the NBA. Most high school players don't have the physical or mental maturity to cope with the travel, and the demands of an NBA schedule. They need that one or even two years in college to get prepared for the league whether they like it or not.
For every LeBron James or Kobe Bryant, there are 10 Robert Swift’s or Jonathon Bender’s. The shining examples of prep-to-pro stars are built on a graveyard of busts that were unprepared for the league. A year in college to build that work ethic certainly couldn’t hurt NBA prospects who want to jump to the league. Going to college gives them a head start in developing their game for the NBA.
The one and done rule is also there to save teams from themselves. Organizations would gamble millions of dollars hoping a high school star was the next Moses Malone or Kevin Garnett. What they got were busts that would ruin the franchise for years, affecting ticket sales and wins. An extra year gives scouts more time to assess whether players are worthy of an NBA jersey.
Not only do the players develop, college basketball gets a boost from having some of the best talent roll through. Even if it was only for a year, Kevin Durant thrilled crowds in Texas, and Blake Griffin was showing his explosiveness out in Oklahoma, drawing attention to the NCAA. College basketball is a beneficiary of the one and done rule.