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How Early is Too Early for the NBA?

Posted By Mark Cook On Apr 7 2012 @ 6:37 pm In New Jersey Nets | No Comments

Recently, NBA Commissioner David Stern has stated that he would like to add a second year of college requirement for players to become eligible for the NBA Draft. While owners like Mark Cuban would like it extended to three years after a player’s high school graduation. I frankly think this idea would hurt the league in several ways.

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Here are 3 ways that the additional college requirement will hurt the NBA.

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1. Denies the Right to make a Living

America is a land of opportunity. So, it’s almost Un-American for the NBA to deny players the right to provide for their families and live out their dreams on the hardwood. Especially when Tennis, Soccer & Baseball players all can turn pro before the age of 19. In my opinion it’s wrong to prevent a young man from getting a paycheck by forcing him to stay in school for another one or two years.

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2. Most the best players we’re underclassmen when they entered the NBA Draft -

If you look at the last 4 Rookie of the Year winners in the NBA. Tyreke Evans, Derrick Rose & Kevin Durant all played 1 year of college basketball. Some experts say that an additional year would provide players with more maturity, yet it seems to me that young ballers like Rose & Durant had no problem becoming the leaders of their respective teams in a short period of time.

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3. NBA ready college players could drop out and (or) go overseas -

Some players may not be eligible to go to college or could become ineligible while in school. Hence, I can see those type of players following in the footsteps of Brandon Jennings by going overseas to play basketball until that can enter into the NBA draft. This could create a vacuum where the best hoopers would drop out of school & end up playing in Italy & Spain instead of Chapel Hill & Lexington. In this case, the NCAA & NBA will lose out on talent to the Euroleagues that would be happy to pay players to play on their teams.

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Now, I don’t want people to think that I’m against education. That’s not true. I just think it’s counter-productive for the NBA to force college basketball players to stay in school. This shaky economy has proven that a degree doesn’t guarantee a job nor does leaving school early guarantees success in the NBA.

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