During these last few months before the season finally starts and we get to see whether our beloved Washington Wizards will be able to make the most of their roster and finally reach the playoffs. A lot of discussions on BF right now are centered on Otto Porter, Glen Rice Jr., and potential moves the front office can make to bolster the talent on this team to make a legitimate run behind a healthy John Wall. I wanted to go in a different direction with this fanpost however, and discuss something that has affected every team across all levels of basketball. In 2005 David Stern initiated the so-called "one and done" rule changing player eligibility to the draft by restricting players who were not at least 19 years old or one year removed from high school. This post was inspired by an article I recently read on Bleacher Report (I know) where the author said that the rule was a complete failure and change needs to happen sooner rather than later. I happen to completely disagree with him. I think that the rule has been good for the NBA, the NCAA and the players themselves. Before the rule, many of the top players elected to go straight to the pros and for every Kobe, Amare, or Lebron there are ten other players that fizzled out and never made the most of their talent. Obviously we will never know for certain, but maybe Sebastian Telfair would have been worth the lottery pick had he played for Rick Pitino, maybe even Kwame Brown would have been more than a bust had he developed under one of the top college minds in the game. My biggest issue with detractors of the rule is that I have yet to see a viable alternative. If the rule is lifted completely, I think we go back to 2005 when many of the top players go straight to the NBA and the NCAA is hurt, though not crippled, by a lack of elite talent. The only other option people seem to want is the rule currently enforced by MLB where a player can enter the draft out of high school, or has to play in college for three years. In my opinion, even more players would go straight to pros with this rule in place. This kind of rule would not work in the NBA in my opinion, because MLB has a great developmental system in place, where the top high school kids rarely see the bigs until they are physically ready and their talents have been sufficiently developed. If there was a farm system in basketball, I may be more in favor of a rule like this. So what do you think? Are the players being hurt and their constitutional rights being denied? Are the NCAA and NBA better off with the one and done rule? Who are some guys you wish had played in college before taking their talents to South Beach . . . or other places?
PS the link to the original Bleacher Report article - http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1723163-why-the-nbas-one-and-done-rule-is-causing-more-harm-than-good