NCAA or NBA
The National basketball association is the worlds premiere basketballs association. Basketball players from around the world come to showcase their talent on the NBA’s stage. The sport of basketball is played by people of all ages, sexes, and races especially the youth. The youth of all nations have grown found to the sport of basketball and the NBA has inspired many young kids to follow their dreams and become NBA players as they hope to win NBA championships and and NBA honors such as the most valuable player award(MVP). In the past the NBA has drafted exceptional high school players into the league but that has changed as the NBA modified their regulations to say for all draft picks to be at least 19 years of age and have spent a year out of high school. This regulation directly sends high school players to at least a year of college meaning a year away from their dreams of being a NBA player. From their controversy arises as the question is asked should the NBA draft high school players? I say no I believe the NBA should not draft high school, however there are pros and cons to both sides of the argument and there are NBA players that are proven examples of both sides of the argument.
Even though There are “disaster stories of players entering the N.B.A. draft from high school and failing spectacularly. But as tragic as these stories are, they are the exception.A study by Michael McCann, a professor at Vermont Law School who is an expert on sports and legal issues, found that of the 21 high school players who declared for the draft from 1975 to 2001, four became superstars—Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Jermaine O'Neal, and Tracy McGrady—and only four never made it to the N.B.A. The results were similar with those drafted from the classes of 2002 through 2005, when the ban was put in place: Of the 26 players drafted, 20 were still playing through last season and three have become superstars: Amar'e Stoudemire, Dwight Howard, and LeBron James.” - Buzz Bissinger Author, Friday Night Lights. So it is proven that players out of high school could be just as successful as players who go to play in college before they enter the NBA. These high school players want to chase their dreams as soon as possible and see the rule of waiting a year after high school as cruel and unfair. They see the rule as an obstacle stopping them from chasing their dreams and having financial security. The fact that one year can be so unpredictable players would like to sign their blockbuster contracts straight out of school avoiding any injuries or accident that can prevent them from being drafted. Its true these 18 year old kids have responsibilities to their families and to themselves to be successful in their trade.So they ask what makes it right for the N.B.A to to take those rights away from them. Some say the fact the high school students were allowed to follow their dreams right after high school made the sport even more attractive especially more attractive the the National football league which requires at least three years of collegiate play to be eligible for the draft. Those who are
against the rule say the rule has no substantial support behind it being that the N.B.A best player and most prominent star was drafted straight out of high school. Yes its true Lebron James is labeled the best player in the N.B.A well the best player in the world and he was drafted out of high school in the 2003 draft and has excelled ever since. Viewed as the Michael Jordan of his time Lebron James was a 18 year old six foot eight inches small forward out of St.Vincent-St.Mary’s High school in Akron, Ohio who would be the number one overall pick in 2003 draft as he was taken by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Lebron James gave the city of Cleveland and the Cavaliers life as they now had the most promising young player. And today Lebron James is the...
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