“One and done” NBA entry rule examined

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“One and done” NBA entry rule examined

Although the major issues of the CBA negotiations between owners and players has been settled, other priorities still remain to be discussed and agreed upon. One such is the “one and done” rule where future players must complete one year of college before applying for the NBA draft. According to news outlets, teams are satisfied with the “one and done” remaining the same and not raising the completion of years in college to two. There is still sentiment that high school players should apply to the NBA immediately after graduation, so the issue carries weight in the discussions between teams and players.

Young players although extremely talented are not ready for life as a professional. At 18 or 19 years of age, they do not possess the maturity to deal with the demands of life as a professional basketball player much less in a job as a regular professional working in society. The argument that as adults, high school graduates cannot be prevented from seeking employment in any field which allows them to apply for the draft is exercised here. But that only touches the tip of the iceberg, because in a professional world, not only should entry in it be made available but then the expectations and demands of maintaining and producing at a high level fall on the applicant. The results of which, young players in the NBA have proven that they are ill-equipped to meet.

The demands of the market reign over societal morals in this instance though. Young players display athleticism, talent and abilities that can leave spectators and coaches’ mouths on the floor. Any struggling NBA team could coach players that have these qualities coined as “upside” and possibly develop into a superstar. Perhaps though in the discussions, this issue could carry enough importance not just to implement rules on paper but develop a true “farm system” for the NBA similar to baseball for these young players. The current structure of the Development League in the NBA doesn’t allow that. Also, enough time has passed where owners and players can look at various cases of young athletes who have fared well and those who have fared poorly in their attempts to address the issue.

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