There is an strong pull for the NBA to make exceptions so that certain players can enter the league straight out of high school. People point to LeBron James as an example for why the NBA should let some players enter the league straight out of high school. However one look back on the first player to ever be drafted with the number one pick straight out of high school will show flaws with this idea. Kwame Brown was taken with the number one overall pick by theWashington Wizards in the 2001 NBA draft. Brown was the first player to ever be picked first overall straight out of high school. The expectations for Kwame Brown were high and unfortunately for both Brown and the Wizards, Kwame was unable to come anywhere close to living up to those expectations. The NBA’s commissioner Adam Silver even thinks that the rule needs to be expanded upon. In June 2017 Silver said “My sense is it’s not working for anyone, it’s not working for the college coaches and athletic directors I hear from. They’re not happy with the current system.
Mendoza 6And I know our teams aren’t happy either, in part because they don’t necessarily think the players who are coming into the league are getting the kind of training that they would expect to see.” according to New York Times. The problem for the league is that when these young inexperienced players come into the NBA unprepared it hurts the league. The NBA has a lot of young talented teams that lose way too many games year after year. All of these young players have potential to eventually become good but in the short term it leaves the league diluted as far as competitiveness goes. For example, the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers played in the NBA Finals the past three seasons. For fans of those two teams that’s great but the other twenty-eight fan bases are bored seeing the same teams in the Finals every year. Last year before the season even started everyone already knew that the Warriors would beat the Cavaliers in the Finals. The season hadn’t even started and everyone knew who would play in the Finals and who would win the championship. The reason nobody thought the Cavaliers would have a chance against the Warriors was because Kevin Durant signed with the Warriors who were already a championship caliber team without him. The other teams just can’t compete given that they have young talent that has yet to develop. The Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers have drafted numerous basketball players that only spent one year in college. The Sixers don’t let their rookie players jump right into the fire like other teams do. Instead the Sixers typically hold their rookie players out for one or more seasons in order to allow them time to develop and adjust to NBA life. This strategy is just now yielding results as their top draft pick from the 2014 draft, Joel Embiid is getting some playing time and showing how dominant he can be. The team also had a 2016 number one overall draft pick whichthey used to select Ben Simmons. Simmons sat out his first year and is finally getting some playing time this season. Right now Simmons is almost averaging a triple-double which has