NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has stated more than once. That the rule that players must be removed from High School for at least one year. Before entering the NBA draft “doesn’t work”. Silver went on to note that the last two number one NBA draft picks. (Ben Simmons in 2016) and (Markelle Fultz in 2017) not only spent just one year in college. But both players played on teams that didn’t even make the NCAA tournament.
Which in my opinion shows how overrated going to college before going to the NBA for some players really is.
Now for the record. I’m sure the NBA Commissioner wasn’t trying to encourage young players to skip college and just jump in the league. But I do think it’s safe to say that his point was – if a player doesn’t want to go to college, and he’s good enough to play in the league. Then why shouldn’t that player be able to do so?
It’s no secret that some of the league biggest stars have made the leap to the NBA with no problem. Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Tracey Mc Grady and Kevin Garnett are all Hall of Famers. While players like Dwight Howard, Jermaine O’Neal, and Amar’e Stoudemire has made multiple All-Star games.
The NBA and NFL are two leagues that don’t allow players to come straight from High School. While professional baseball, soccer, and hockey do. Which makes me wonder does this have something to do with the fact that majority of the players in the NBA and NFL are black?. Or maybe I’m thinking a little too hard, and it’s just a coincidence!. I’ll let you make the call.