Mendoza 1Austin MendozaProfessor WhitakerEnglish 13815Argumentative Essay: Prompt C31 October 2017One and DoneThe National Basketball Association (NBA) has various rules that don’t make a whole lotof sense. One of the more controversial rules that the NBA has in place is the one and done rule. The rule states that “No player is allowed to enter the NBA draft until they are at least nineteen years of age and are one year removed from high school.” According to NBA.com. For most potential NBA prospects the obvious route to get to the league after they graduate high school is to play basketball at the collegiate level for a year. NBA players such as Ben Simmons played one season of college basketball but when their season was over they would drop out of college and start training for the draft. Some players such as Russell Westbrook spent more than one yearplaying college basketball and became superstars in the NBA because they were more developed by the time they entered the league. The one and done rule in the NBA should be expanded because one year in college is not long enough for players to develop. There are two sides when it comes to this rule. One side thinks that the rule should be expanded to two or more years removed from high school in order to become eligible for the draft. The reasoning for this is that it has produced better talent such asMichael Jordan. The other argues that the rule should be abolished altogether. Those who want the rule to be abolished point to legends such as Kobe Bryant and LeBron James who came into the league straight out of high school.
Mendoza 2Expanding the rule to at least two years removed from high school will help the league talentwise. The extra year of playing college basketball under a college coach will help the potential players to be better prepared to enter the league. The NBA is a much faster paced game than college basketball, the players are all bigger and stronger. Most rookies entering the NBA only spent one year playing college basketball and struggle in their first few seasons because the rest of the players in the league are more experienced. There are a select few players that only spent one year in college and became superstars when they entered the league like Anthony Davis, Andrew Wiggins and Karl Anthony-Towns. Those types of players don’t come around every day and it is very rare for a player that only spent one year in college to come into the NBA and have immediate success. Spending more than one year playing college basketball gives potential NBA players the opportunity to learn and grow more before they enter the league. There are even some players that spent all four years playing at the collegiate level and became stars in the NBA as soon as they entered the league. The most notable players to spend all four years playing college basketball in recent years include stars such as Jimmy Butler, Draymond Green, and Damian Lillard. The league executives do take the amount of time a player spent in college into