High school kids should be allowed to be drafted into the NBA.

High school kids should be allowed to be drafted into the NBA. Not a lot of high schools kids in NBA history have been drafted into the NBA. The trend really started in 1995 with Kevin Garnett.  But many of the players that were drafted out of high school have dominated the NBA. And there have been very few busts. And even some of the busts have been solid NBA players. Note: These players aren’t normal high school kids. They are high school basketball all-Americans. They are the best high school kids in the world at basketball. When they go to college they are the ones that become the stars on their team. And will get drafted into the lottery anyways. Why then should they go to college and risk their careers? They might suffer a career ending injury before they even make it to the NBA. Time to change the rule. Allow high school kids to be drafted into the NBA again. Heres why just take a look at history. The lists has more future hall of fame all-stars and more solid basketball players than busts like many NBA analyst like to tell you. Do you agree or disagree? Please feel free to comment.

Moses Malone

12-time NBA All-Star

A Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame

NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team (1996)

Kevin Garnett

11-time NBA All-Star

NBA Most Valuable Player

Kobe Bryant

10-time NBA All-Star

3-time NBA Champion
(2000, 2001, 2002)

NBA Most Valuable Player

Jermaine O’Neal

6-time NBA All-Star

NBA Most Improved Player (2001–02)

Tracy Mcgrady

7-time All-Star

Amare Stoudemire

2003 NBA Rookie of the Year

3-time All-Star

Lebron James (The Next Michael Jordan)

2004 Rookie of the Year

4-time All-Star

Dwight Howard

2-time All-Star

2008 NBA Slam Dunk Champion

Those were the big stars. But there has been many solid players drafted straight out of high school too.

Darryl Dawkins

Al Harrington

Rashard Lewis

DeShawn Stevenson

Tyson Chandler

Eddy Curry

DeSagana Diop

Travis Outlaw

Kendrick Perkins

Sebastian Telfair

Al Jefferson

Josh Smith

J. R. Smith

Dorell Wright

Robert Swift

Monta Ellis

Andrew Bynum

Martell Webster

C.J. Miles

Louis Williams

Andray Blatche

Amir Johnson

(Some say Eddy Curry and Tyson Chandler are busts. But both are still solid players that start on their teams. The same goes for Martell Webster, Andray Blatche, C.J. Miles, Amir Johnson they are all solid players.

The busts:

Darius Miles

Kwame Brown

Shaun Livingston (Because of injury)

Gerald Green

Korleone Young

Leon Smith

Jonathan Bender (Because of injury)

Ndudi Ebi

James Lang

Ousmane Cisse

But you have to ask yourself one question for every bust like Kwame Brown there is a great chance you have just drafted the next Kevin Garnett, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard. A future hall of famer. Isn’t that worth the risk?


~ by Travis on December 28, 2008.

6 Responses to “High school kids should be allowed to be drafted into the NBA.”

  1. Jonathon Bender is a player who I am desperately disappointed didn’t make it. He was a legit 7 foot shooting guard that had an overall skills package similar to Tracy McGrady. He could have been a magical player if not for the injuries. It was beautiful watching him cross over a guy 20 feet from the rim and step back and drain a three in his man’s face. Sort of like a more athletic/mobile Dirk with better handle+passing. He had that type of potential. Shame about the injuries which denied him the opportunity to ever make that type of leap.

    Anyway, I like the rule change that disallowed High School players from being eligible. I felt it was too hard to effectively scout these younger players and it left GM’s and teams overly exposed to making massive mistakes which would plague their clubs for a decade. This reason alone is why I like the rule changes but there are some other benefits.

    It also improves the caliber of play because teams are desperately trying to develop an 18 year old kid who’s worse than the 12th player on their roster.

    I also think one year isn’t much of an imposition if it helps aid the above two areas. That’s another key factor.

    Some side factors:
    – I also thought it was much better for the players to travel through the college scene first because it allowed their bodies+skill to develop at steadier rate.
    – I don’t like the college game but I find it much more exciting as a fan when a player has built his reputation at a higher level before entering the league (Durant vs McGrady). It creates a better buzz about incoming players.

  2. This is a little late. But theres a big reason why they should change the rule back to allow high school kids to get drafted.

    The 2005 NBA Draft
    1. Andrew Bynum (future all-star possibly hall of fame)
    2. Martell Webster (solid starter)
    3. Gerald Green (bust)
    4. C. J. Miles (solid starter)
    5. Monta Ellis (future all-star possibly hall of fame)
    6. Louis Williams (solid bench player)
    7. Andray Blatche (solid starter and bench player)
    8. Amir Johnson (solid starter)
    9. Ricky Sanchez (bust never played in the NBA)

    Out of the 9 high school kids drafted only 2 can be considered real busts Gerald Green and Ricky Sanchez (who you can’t really count because he never even played in the NBA.) Andrew Bynum and Monta Ellis are future NBA all-stars. Martell Webster( injured now), C. J. Miles, Louis Williams, Andray Blatche, Amir Johnson all either start or play solid bench player roles on playoff teams. (Wash. is not anymore.) And it really just took them all one year to adjust to the NBA. Monta Ellis, C. J. Miles, Louis Williams, Andray Blatche, Amir Johnson all can be considered second round steals something very hard to find in the NBA draft.

    Not to mention the hall of fame player Moses Malone. And future hall of famers KG, Kobe, Lebron, Dwight Howard. I think its worth the risk. Also, if you followed Ronald Steele from Alabama he was once projected to go in the NBA lottery but got injured playing in college. And now his career is over.

  3. lebron james is the best in the Nba no doubts about it

  4. i think it should be true because 11 and i want to be drafted in the nba from highschool

  5. Hmm, iteresting post. Keep it up 🙂

  6. i think they should be able to be drafted out of high school because they are young and fresh and will last a long time before they retire

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