Should the NBA re-allow high school players to enter the NBA draft?
In today's basketball world, it is a common sight to see an 18 year old man become a multi-millionaire simply because he is athletic and can put an orange ball into a basket. When the NBA started to allow high school seniors to enter the draft, a new wave of young players came sweeping in. When the high school phenomena proved to be too much, the NBA then issued a rule where players would have to go through one year of college before they could enter the draft. Today, these players are simply known as one-and-done athletes. But does it really hurt high school players by entering the draft at such a young age? Is the NBA costing players money by forcing them to go through a year of college? i would like to find out.
What I Learned
i learned that out of the 42 players who entered the NBA from 1995-2005 (the only period where it was legal for high school players to enter the draft), 15 ending up being NBA all-stars. Out of the 42 athletes, 4 remained undrafted, falling into sad story of people wondering what could of been had they went to college. Over the years there has been a trend that I could see. When they started allowing these high school players to enter the draft the results were great. Out of the first 5 people allowed to enter, 4 ended up being all stars and 2 were MVP's. However, other high school players started to want some of the glory, and the field began to dwindle. The final high school draft class of 2005 included 8 high school players, none of whom have become franchise players or all-stars, and only 2 (Monta Ellis and C.J Miles) have become starters for their team. I concluded that the high school rule was a smart rule to preserving the game. Players need to fine tune their game in college rather than try to do it in the NBA.
How i found the site:
The majority of the sites I went to for this information were just opinion based blogs that didn't really give me solid information. I went to the rivals web site because they are a site based on prep athletes, and had facts to back it up. I stumbled upon the list of high school athletes who entered the NBA, and it gave me the players stats in their NBA career. It was up to me to try to somehow gather up these stats and try to make sense of them.