There’s an awful lot of talk about one-and-done players every year surrounding the NBA Draft. This year is no different.
With nine players entering the 2014 NBA Draft after their freshman year of college, it’s time we take a look at just how successful these young players have been once they enter the pro ranks. When discussing this year’s prospects, the terms “upside” and “future star” come into play more often than any other word. Those same terms have been used plenty since 2005 when the one-and-done was first implemented, forcing non-international players entering the draft to either be 19 years old or at least one year removed from their graduating class.
There have been some successes along the way, but the numbers indicate that the one-and-done rule may not be helping these players who are forced to play basketball at college for at least one season, but its certainly not hurting anything.
This information can be used both as a measuring stick to how successful this year’s draft class can become as well as a way open the floor even more for the one-and-done debate that’s been wreaking havoc on the college basketball landscape over the past few years.
How successful have the one-and-done era players been? Does the argument have a leg to stand on? Should these high school prodigies be able to enter the NBA draft right away or should they stay another year at college?
Let’s take a look.