NCAA vs NBA
“I don’t think you should have to play in college to play in the NBA,” said ESPN broadcaster Jeff Van Gundy in an interview with me earlier this year.
LeBron James beat the odds. And Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tracy McGrady, Dwight Howard and many other NBA stars who jumped from high school straight to the NBA.
But we all know about the other players, like Kwame Brown and Eddy Curry, who were complete busts out of prep school; and there are numerous more examples of failed athletes skipping college to start making their NBA money as soon as they could.
Bleacher Report’s Grant Hughes breaks down the rule the NBA put in the 2005 Collective Bargaining Agreement:
So Stern championed “Article X” of the NBA’s 2005 Collective Bargaining Agreement, a provision that required all potential NBA draftees to be at least 19 years old and one year removed from their high school graduation.
Article X, which has come to be known as the “one-and-done rule,” was meant to protect unprepared high school players from the difficult professional transition while also giving NBA teams a better opportunity to evaluate potential draftees on the college stage. In theory, the NBA figured to be the biggest beneficiary of the rule, as it would enjoy better-prepared prospects and suffer through fewer lottery mistakes.
But NBA coaches disagree.