Mock Draft 1.1

Alright, so my first perfect mock draft is no longer perfect. This is the new one. I now believe the Browns will take Baker Mayfield 1st overall. Here is my logic: we know the Browns will take a QB at #1 and we know it will be Josh Allen or Baker Mayfield. However, there is only one QB they know will for sure will not be available at #4, Baker Mayfield. With the new reports coming out that more GMs and coaches believe it is Baker at #1, I am fully on the bandwagon! There is also some fallout with the other QBs though and the Bills still trade up, this time for Josh Allen.

  1. Browns- Baker Mayfield, QB Oklahoma
  2. Giants- Saquon Barkley, RB Penn State
  3. Jets- Sam Darnold, QB USC
  4. Bills (From Browns)- Josh Allen, QB Wyoming
  5. Broncos- Josh Rosen, QB UCLA
  6. Colts- Bradley Chubb, DE NC State
  7. Buccaneers- Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB Alabama
  8. Bears- Quenton Nelson, OG Notre Dame
  9. 49ers- Roquan Smith, LB Georgia
  10. Raiders- Denzel Ward, CB Ohio State
  11. Dolphins- Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech
  12. Browns (from Bills)- Mike McGlinchey, OT Notre Dame
  13. Redskins- Derwin James, S Florida State
  14. Packers- Harold Landry, DE Boston College
  15. Cardinals- Lamar Jackson, QB Louisville
  16. Ravens- Vita Vea, DT Washington Marcus Davenport, DE UTSA
  17. Chargers- Da’Ron Payne, DT Alabama
  18. Seahawks- Josh Jackson, CB Iowa
  19. Cowboys- Calvin Ridley, WR Alabama
  20. Lions- Maurice Hurst, DT Michigan
  21. Bengals- Will Hernandez, OG UTEP
  22. Browns (from Bills)- Mike Hughes, CB UCF
  23. Patriots (via Rams)- Kolton Miller, OT UCLA
  24. Panthers- Leighton Vander Esch, LB BYU
  25. Titans- James Daniels, C Iowa
  26. Falcons- Hayden Hurst, TE South Carolina
  27. Saints- Courtland Sutton, WR SMU
  28. Steelers-  Rashaan Evans, LB Alabama
  29. Jaguars- Jaire Alexander, CB Louisville
  30. Vikings- Isaiah Wynn, G Georgia
  31. Patriots- Taven Bryan, DT Florida

32. Eagles- Isaiah Oliver, CB Colorado

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Mock Draft 1.0

Hello and welcome to Dylan Stagge’s first and only mock draft. I only need one because this is 100% right.

  1. Browns– Josh Allen, QB Wyoming
  2. Giants– Saquon Barkley, RB Penn State
  3. Jets– Baker Mayfield, QB Oklahoma
  4. Bills (From Browns)- Sam Darnold, QB USC
  5. Broncos– Josh Rosen, QB UCLA
  6. Colts– Bradley Chubb, DE NC State
  7. Buccaneers– Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB Alabama
  8. Bears– Quenton Nelson, OG Notre Dame
  9. 49ers– Roquan Smith, LB Georgia
  10. Raiders– Denzel Ward, CB Ohio State
  11. Dolphins– Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech
  12. Browns (from Bills)- Mike McGlinchey, OT Notre Dame
  13. Redskins– Derwin James, S Florida State
  14. Packers– Harold Landry, DE Boston College
  15. Cardinals– Lamar Jackson, QB Louisville
  16. Ravens– Vita Vea, DT Washington Marcus Davenport, DE UTSA
  17. Chargers– Da’Ron Payne, DT Alabama
  18. Seahawks– Josh Jackson, CB Iowa
  19. Cowboys– Calvin Ridley, WR Alabama
  20. Lions– Maurice Hurst, DT Michigan
  21. Bengals– Will Hernandez, OG UTEP
  22. Browns (from Bills)- Mike Hughes, CB UCF
  23. Patriots (via Rams)- Kolton Miller, OT UCLA
  24. Panthers– Leighton Vander Esch, LB BYU
  25. Titans– James Daniels, C Iowa
  26. Falcons– Hayden Hurst, TE South Carolina
  27. Saints– Courtland Sutton, WR SMU
  28. Steelers–  Rashaan Evans, LB Alabama
  29. Jaguars– Jaire Alexander, CB Louisville
  30. Vikings– Isaiah Wynn, G Georgia
  31. Patriots– Taven Bryan, DT Florida
  32. Eagles– Isaiah Oliver, CB Colorado

NBA Free Agent Fits

By: Dylan Stagge

Now that the NBA Draft is over, it’s time to move into NBA Free Agency! In this article, I am coming up with 5 free agent fits that make sense (Not where I think they’ll end up, but a fit that is fun/makes sense).

REUNION IN PHILLY

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Andre Iguodala goes back to the place where he spent the first eight years of his NBA career, Philadelphia. The Sixers are able to make Iguodala a much bigger offer (probably about 3 years, $60 million) than Golden State will be able to. With two championships and a Finals MVP under his belt from GSW, Iggy bolts for the money and teams up with the Process to help mentor the young guys.

BLAKE & RUSS

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Although I don’t think this will happen and certainly hope it doesn’t as a Clippers fan, Blake Griffin teaming up with Russell Westbrook would certainly be fun to watch. Two of the most high-flying, explosive dunkers on the same team would create an insane highlight reel. Although OKC can’t afford Blake right now, they would probably do a sign and trade with the Clippers, parting with either Steven Adams or Enes Kanter to make room (which I’m sure they’d be willing to do).

BUTLER TO BOSTON

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Not Jimmy Butler, but a Butler University reunion in Boston. Gordon Hayward heads to Boston to team up with his college head coach, Brad Stevens and the Celtics. Jae Crowder can slide down to the 4 and the Celtics could create a starting lineup of IT, Avery Bradley, Hayward, Crowder, and Horford with Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum coming off the bench. The Cavs better watch out.

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NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Toronto Raptors

Tony Parker is too old and Patty Mills is a free agent. The Spurs need a spark in their roster and Kyle Lowry needs out of Toronto if he ever wants to see a Larry O’Brien trophy. If the Spurs can get rid of Tony Parker’s $15 million next year get back Pau Gasol, Dwayne Dedmon, and Johnathan Simmons along with Kyle Lowry, they just might have a chance at competing with the Warriors next year.

KING-TAVIOUS CALDWELL-POPE

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The Kings are losing Rudy Gay, Ben McLemore, and Tyreke Evans to free agency. Their only remaining wings are Buddy Hield and new draftee Justin Jackson. With only $50 million currently on the Kings payroll for next season, they might as well take a chance on a young wing with lots of potential.

Final 2017 NBA Mock Draft

Check out Dylan and Jason’s final mock drafts before the NBA Draft tonight!

Check out our Live Mock Draft on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/WzPvGBkuINU

Team Dylan’s Pick Jason’s Pick
1. Philadelphia 76ers Markelle Fultz Markelle Fultz
2. Los Angeles Lakers Lonzo Ball Lonzo Ball
3. Boston Celtics Jayson Tatum Jayson Tatum
4. Phoenix Suns Josh Jackson Josh Jackson
5. Sacramento Kings De’Aaron Fox De’Aaron Fox
6. Orlando Magic Johnathan Isaac Johnathan Isaac
7. Minnesota Timberwolves Malik Monk Lauri Markkanen
8. New York Knicks Dennis Smith Jr. Malik Monk
9. Dallas Mavericks Frank Ntilikina Frank Ntilikina
10. Sacramento Kings Zach Collins Zach Collins
11. Charlotte Hornets Donovan Mitchell Luke Kennard
12. Detroit Pistons Lauri Markkanen Dennis Smith Jr.
13. Denver Nuggets OG Anunoby Donovan Mitchell
14. Miami Heat Luke Kennard Justin Jackson
15. Portland Trail Blazers Harry Giles John Collins
16. Chicago Bulls John Collins Harry Giles
17. Milwaukee Bucks Jarrett Allen Jarrett Allen
18. Indiana Pacers TJ Leaf TJ Leaf
19. Atlanta Hawks Justin Patton OG Anunoby
20. Portland Trail Blazers Ike Anigbogu Justin Patton
21. Oklahoma City Thunder Justin Jackson Terrance Ferguson
22. Brooklyn Nets Terrance Ferguson Ike Anigbogu
23. Toronto Raptors Tyler Lydon Bam Adebayo
24. Utah Jazz DJ Wilson Tony Bradley
25. Orlando Magic Jawun Evans Jordan Bell
26. Portland Trail Blazers Isaiah Hartenstein Isaiah Hartenstein
27. Brooklyn Nets Anzejs Pasecniks DJ Wilson
28. Los Angeles Lakers Ivan Rabb Derrick White
29. San Antonio Spurs Bam Adebayo Jawun Evans
30. Utah Jazz Derrick White Kyle Kuzma

Dylan Stagge’s NBA Big Board

  1. Markelle Fultz

Fultz is an elite offensive weapon. His ability to make tough shots and get to the rim with his height is amazing. Many of his weaknesses came from lack of effort, which I believe will improve leaving the terrible situation in Washington. His offensive skillset and defensive potential are unmatched by any other prospect in the draft.

Player Comparison: James Harden

  1. Lonzo Ball

Ball’s height, defense, transition, and range makes him one of the best PG prospects to come out in a while. However, I don’t see the quickness, and the lack of a mid range game along with some baggage in his dad (especially if he doesn’t go to the Lakers) pushes him below Markelle Fultz.

Player comparison: Jason Kidd

  1. Josh Jackson

Josh Jackson has a lot of versatility and athleticism in his game. He can score from anywhere inside the 3 point line and excels in making explosive plays. However, he is undersized to be able to truly be a defensive stopper at 207 lbs. Lebron James and big 4s will dominate him. Once Jackson fills out and improves the 3 point shooting, he will be an all-around great 3.

Player Comparison: Justice Winslow

  1. Jayson Tatum

Jayson Tatum reminds me of Melo, and I think that is exactly what he becomes in the NBA. He doesn’t have elite athleticism, but doesn’t have any glaring weaknesses either. Mid range game is strong and can continue to improve on defense.

Player Comparison: Melo

  1. De’Aaron Fox

In the time it took me to write this sentence, De’Aaron Fox just ran around Lonzo Ball again. Fox is speedy and is nearly unstoppable in transition and is a defensive stopper at PG with a 6’3.5 height. Once he fills out and develops a consistent jump shot, it won’t be the last time he drops 39 on Lonzo.

Player Comparison: Dennis Schroeder

  1. Dennis Smith Jr.

Smith is a great all around player and could be a top 3-5 pick in many drafts, but continues to fall down mock drafts. He is a great, explosive scorer, but an average passer and defensive player. With NBA players around him, he will become a better passer. Smith may not be picked until the end of the top 10 or even outside though.

Player Comparison: D-Wade

  1. Malik Monk

Monk has one of the most complete offensive games in the draft. He can shoot the ball from anywhere on the court, but is also streaky. Another downside to Monk is his size, only a 6’4 SG. I compare his game to CJ McCollum, another undersized SG that shoots from everywhere. I think Monk can be just as good in the NBA.

Player Comparison: CJ McCollum

  1. Jonathan Isaac

Isaac is a project, but has the tools to be an elite defender against positions 1-4. He shows flashes on offense, but still has a lot of work. He has a high ceiling that could go as high as Giannis, but could end up being a complete bust.

Player Comparison: Brandon Ingram

  1. Frank Ntilikina

Ntilikina is very raw, especially on offense. He can come in and contribute right away on defense with a 6’5 height and 7’0 wingspan. His offense is a work in progress, but his defensive potential alone gives him a floor of a defensive PG off the bench.

Player Comparison: Dante Exum

  1. Donovan Mitchell

Mitchell has risen quickly up draft boards with his combine performance and athleticism. He does it all: scores from all three levels, is explosive, and is solid on D. His ceiling would be Dwyane Wade and a floor would be Trey Burke.

Player Comparison: Avery Bradley

  1. John Collins

John Collins a a bouncy 4 that also shoots the ball well. He did it all for a bad Wake Forest team last year, so his numbers are a bit inflated. He is not polished defensively but has the body to guard both 3s and 4s. Overall solid late lottery pick with Blake Griffin potential

Player Comparison: Blake Griffin

  1. OG Anunoby

OG is a defensive stopper. With his quickness and 7’6 wingspan, he will be lockdown in the NBA. On offense, he finishes well and his jumper has potential. He will never be able to lead a team on the offensive side though, and his knee injury raises some concerns.

Player Comparison: Luc Mbah a Moute

  1. Lauri Markkanen

Markkanen is the Dirk/Porzingis stretch 4 type. He shoots the ball extremely well, and that opens up driving lanes for him. However, I believe Markkanen struggles greatly on the defensive side in the NBA. He can’t guard smaller, quicker stretch fours and big centers bully him. I think Markkanen has a role in the NBA, but won’t be a star.

Player Comparison: Ryan Anderson

  1. Harry Giles

Giles could have been the #1 pick in this draft if not for injuries. However, 3 knee surgeries limited his time at Duke and plummeted his draft stock. He still showed flashes post-injuries but if he can get back to what he was before, he will be the steal of the draft.

Player Comparison: Joel Embiid

  1. Luke Kennard

Kennard=JJ Redick- white guys from Duke that shoot the lights out. They also have the same weaknesses though. Kennard lacks athleticism (see: white guy) and only has a 6’5 wingspan. Kennard definitely has a role in the NBA as a shooter with all the 3s teams throw up these days.

Player Comparison: JJ Redick

  1. Zach Collins

Collins is a solid offensive player. He is good around the basket and shot the 3 efficiently when he (rarely) stepped out behind the line. However, he doesn’t do anything exceptional and his defense is below average. I wouldn’t spend a lottery pick on him

Player Comparison: Nicola Vucevic

  1. Jarrett Allen

Long, rangy, athletic rim protector. Not great yet on offense and is a bit of a project, but lots of potential.

Player Comparison: Tristan Thompson

  1. Justin Jackson

He shoots the ball well and went back to work on his shooting. He can also guard 3s and 4s in the NBA. He has average athleticism but could become at least a good 3 and D guy.

Player comparison: Matt Barnes

  1. Bam Adebayo

He tested well at the combine and is extremely athletic. He can provide a major impact on defense, but his offensive versatility does not match with the modern NBA big man. His athleticism and defensive potential could turn him into Deandre Jordan though.

Player Comparison: Deandre Jordan

  1. Semi Ojeleye

Ojeleye is big and extremely versatile. He can play 3 positions in the NBA (SG, SF, PF) and his shooting stroke and toughness will find him a role somewhere.

NBA Comparison: Jimmy Butler

  1. Terrance Ferguson

Ferguson decided to go overseas, and gained lots of experience playing against bigger guys at only 18 years old. He could end up being a great scorer in the NBA.

NBA Comparison: Terrence Ross

  1. Justin Patton

Good offensive versatility and scores well as a big man. He is limited defensively though as he is not super quick. Lots of potential though and could be a steal

Player Comparison: Jahlil Okafor

  1. TJ Leaf

Laef is a great, versatile scorer who will have a role somewhere as a stretch 4. However, his defense is limited and I don’t believe he ever develops into more than a bench shooter.

Player Comparison: Josh McRoberts

  1. DJ Wilson

Wilson is a bouncy 4 that can also shoot the ball. He does a little bit of everything and could probably play the 3 too. He isn’t very strong yet, though, and is not a great rebounder. If he continues to improve, he could find a Draymond Green type role in the NBA.

NBA Comparison: Aaron Gordon

  1. Ike Anigbogu

Anigbogu has the tools to become a solid offensive player and a defensive anchor. However, he didn’t play a lot at UCLA and struggled with much of his looks not at the basket. Lots of potential but is definitely a boom or bust prospect.

Player Comparison: Ed Davis

  1. Anzejs Pasecniks

Pasecniks is still underweight for an NBA center, but shows lots of potential to turn into a versatile big man who can step out and shoot the rock. Draft and stash candidate.

NBA Comparison: Myles Turner

  1. Ivan Rabb

Rabb is another guy with stretch 4 potential. He shoots it well and still grabs 10 reb a game. He didn’t do much to improve his stock (in fact dropped it) between freshman and sophomore year, but it could be due to a bad Cal team.

NBA Comparison: Andrew Nicholson

  1. Derrick White

White is a combo guard that can do a little bit of everything (18 ppg/4 rpg/4 ast/1 blk/1 stl). He can come off the bench right away to play either guard spot in the NBA.

NBA Comparison: E’twaun Moore

  1. Isaiah Hartenstein

Hartenstein has a body that can translate to the NBA. He is a good rebounder and is solid defensively. However, he struggles to finish and does not have the jump shot down yet. He has potential as a draft and stash candidate.

NBA comparison: Donatas Montejunas

  1. Tyler Lydon

Lydon does a little bit of everything, and will be a solid 3 and D prospect. He shoots it well and can defend other 3s pretty solidly.

NBA Comparison: Sam Dekker

AFC South Preview

By: Dylan Stagge

Last year, the AFC South was the worst division in football. Their lone playoff team, the 9-7 Texans, were demolished in the first round of the playoffs by the Chiefs. The Colts finished in second at 8-8, and had no offense after Andrew Luck went down. The Jaguars and Titans both struggled, but are both still young teams and will improve in years to come. With lots of young talent in the division, the future is bright in the AFC South. 2016 will be another growing year in the division.

Indianapolis Colts: 11-5

After finishing with 11 wins and making the playoffs every year since 2011, the Colts took a major step back in 2015. Andrew Luck’s injury and the oldest roster in the NFL made the Colts struggle mightily down the stretch, leading to an 8-8 record. The Colts are ready to bounce back in 2016. With an improved offensive line, the Colts should have better protection on Luck and he should have a much better year. Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett should both be ready to step up and be top targets for Andrew Luck. Frank Gore is getting older, but should be manageable at the RB position. As usual, the defense will be subpar, but they have the pieces to put it together this year. The Colts should be okay rushing the passer with Kendall Langford, David Parry, Arthur Jones, Robert Mathis, and Trent Cole looking to step up this year. Losing Jerrell Freeman was huge for the Colts at linebacker, but D’Qwell Jackson, Nate Irving, and Sio Moore will be manageable to fill Freeman’s role. In the secondary, Vontae Davis and Mike Adams are coming off strong years, but newly signed CB Patrick Robinson and Darius Butler need to step it up in 2016. The Colts should be able to return to their 11-5 form and take the AFC South. In the playoffs, they should at least make it past the Wild Card round, but will have a very tough road to the Super Bowl.

Houston Texans: 9-7

The Texans have been one of the most underrated teams in football, quietly taking 3 out of the last 5 AFC South titles. They finally went all in this offseason. After their defense almost single handedly brought them to the postseason while the offense struggled, lots of money was spent on the offense this offseason, giving Brock Osweiler and Lamar Miller big contracts. The wide receiver position was also improved by drafting Will Fuller. However, there are are still holes in the Texans offense. The offensive line is subpar, and C.J. Fiedorowicz is a very below-average tight end. On the defensive side, the Texans front 7 is one of the best in the NFL, featuring J.J. Watt, Vince Wilfork, Whitney Mercilus, Brian Cushing, and could get even better if Jadaveon Clowney finally lives up to his potential. However, the Texans secondary will struggle because of their lack of talent. They will especially struggle in division games, as the Colts and Jaguars love to throw the ball. The Texans should be able to win 9 or 10 games and possibly clinch a Wild Card spot. If they do make the playoffs, it is not likely that they make it past the Wild Card round.

Jacksonville Jaguars: 7-9

Once the laughingstock of the AFC South and even the NFL, the Jaguars have improved every year since 2012. Okay, not too much. They only finished 5-11 in 2015. However, the Jaguars are loaded with young talent and have a potent offense for 2016. Blake Bortles will look to take the next step to being an elite QB, and has solid weapons to do it with Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, and Julius Thomas. The running game is also looking good with Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon in the backfield. With an excellent offense in place, the big offseason moves for the Jaguars were made on the defensive side. In free agency, the Jags signed Broncos star Malik Jackson, Tashaun Gipson, and Prince Amukamara. Their 1st and 2nd round picks this year also went to the defensive side, drafting Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack. 2015 1st round pick Dante Fowler Jr. has yet to play a game in the NFL. Jacksonville’s defense will be much improved, but is still a couple years away from being elite. The Jaguars will take another step in the right direction in 2016, but it will still be a developing year for them. 7-8 wins is the most reasonable expectation for the 2016 Jags.

Tennessee Titans: 3-13

The Titans lack talent. Everywhere. Marcus Mariota is still developing and will at best be an average QB in 2016. Demarco Murray and Derrick Henry should be able to provide a solid rushing attack. The Titans will have 8 WRs/TEs competing for targets, but no definitive #1 weapon. Someone needs to step up in 2016 to help out Mariota. The offensive line is at best average. Tennessee’s defense is atrocious. In 2015, they were 27th in points allowed and did little to immediately improve in 2016. Jurrell Casey will again have a solid season and be the defense’s leader, but everywhere else, especially the secondary will be awful. Trading away the 2nd pick in the 2015 draft will be helpful for the Titans in the future, but they are still 3-4 years away from competing.

Should Basketball Players be Allowed to Enter the NBA after High School?

By: Dylan Stagge

High school basketball prospects have been banned from entering the NBA draft since 2006. The NBA instituted the “One-and-Done” rule to force players to wait at least one year after they graduate high school to enter the draft. The rule is called the “One-and-Done” rule because most top prospects go to college for one year before entering the NBA draft.

This argument always seems to come up around NBA draft time, and once again, people argue whether prospects such as Ben Simmons should have been able to enter the draft last year. Simmons is entering the NBA this year after a somewhat unsuccessful season at LSU. Even though he averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game, it seemed at times like he was just coasting through the season and wanted the fastest track to the NBA draft. The stats from big games, such as Kentucky and Texas A&M, showed his production declined and he was not willing to step up in big games (“Ben Simmons”). LSU had a mediocre season and the team did not accomplish much. Simmons was even disqualified for the Wooden Award because he did not focus enough on his classes (Goodman). So, was a year of college really beneficial for Simmons’ NBA career?

There have been many players who have skipped college to enter the NBA Draft. This includes success stories such as Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, and Dwight Howard. Kobe Bryant and Lebron James will go down as two of the best players ever, and Howard has had great stats and earned big contracts throughout his career. However, there are also lots of NBA busts such as Darius Miles, Kwame Brown, and Eddy Curry that entered the draft after graduating high school (“List of NBA High School Draft Picks”). In deciding if the “One-and-Done” rule is fair or not, an important point is deciding if more players will end up being successes or busts. According to the NBA, most will be busts.

They’re not necessarily wrong. Skipping college is not the best idea for all players. Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes tells about Damion James, who went to college for one year and realized he should stay longer. “[Barnes] cited former Texas standout Damion James as a player who benefited from the NBA’s minimum age requirement for draft entrants. James might have considered turning pro after high school without the rule. And that would have been a mistake, Barnes said. His first year in Austin helped him assess his true NBA stock. James ultimately stayed for four seasons before the Atlanta Hawks drafted him in the first round of the 2010 draft” (Medcalf). This shows how college can be beneficial for players to mature and know their true draft stock. Going to college can help players be smarter about basketball and more NBA-ready.

The NBA implemented the “One-and-Done” rule because they decided it was too big of a risk to draft high school players. The way the “One-and-Done” rule is currently comprised benefits the NBA greatly. Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim knows the NBA has the “One-and-Done” rule in their favor and there is no good solution for all parties. “’The NBA will not take kids out of high school; that’s a no-go,’ Boeheim says. ’It’s foolish to think about that, because the NBA doesn’t want those guys. The union, the player reps, they don’t want two years; they want to get them out as soon as they can. It’s just not a solvable problem’” (qtd. in Auerbach and Martin). This quote is very true. The “One and Done” system is a nearly perfect balance for the NBA. They get the players almost as early as possible, but still can judge if they will be good or not in the pros from their one year in college. This is a good solution for the NBA, but hurts players and colleges. The NBA greatly benefits from the college game and the “One-and-Done” rule because they do not have to pay players to have them developed for the extra year after high school. The college coaches develop the players so they are ready for the pros without the NBA paying a dime. They can scout college games easily because of the close proximity inside the United States. All of these things show how much the NBA is helped from the “One-and-Done” rule, but how much the players’ freedoms are limited.

Not being able to enter the NBA from high school puts some talented prospects in a bind. They cannot begin to play in their future league, so they either have to go to college, where there is no extra compensation and mediocre competition, or fly to a foreign country for a year for some compensation and mediocre competition to support their families. “Instead, they’re left playing in college for – often – less-than-market compensation. They’re stuck there so NBA owners (who don’t want to pay to develop their own talent), college coaches and administrators (whose salaries artificially inflated by the money their players aren’t allowed to receive) and marginal NBA players (who voted in a Collective Bargaining Agreement that excludes players who could threaten their jobs) can make more money” (Feldman). Some players are ready for the NBA, as players like Lebron James and Kevin Garnett have shown, but they do not have the freedom to go to the NBA after high school.

Overall, it should be the player’s choice whether they enter the NBA from high school. Every prospect and their family should be able to make their own decision whether it is worth the risk to enter the NBA Draft. Maybe entering the draft out of high school is not the best choice for everyone, but that is their decision, not the NBA’s.

 

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Sounds.” USA Today. Gannett, 18 Feb. 2014. Web. 27 Jan. 2016.

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Feldman, Dan. “Kobe Bryant: College Basketball System ‘really Isn’t Teaching Players

Anything’.” ProBasketballTalk. NBC Sports, 23 Jan. 2014. Web. 27 Jan. 2016.

Goodman, Jeff. “LSU Coach: Ben Simmons ‘didn’t Meet Requirements’ for Wooden

Award.” ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures, 5 Mar. 2016. Web. 13 July 2016.

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