Is there any evidence that young players languish because they turn pro early?
Football players spend three years in college and go broke often enough.
There’s no good argument for young athletes forgoing millions in salary so they can take “wealth management” classes that they could audit for a couple thousand bucks.
Once again this isn’t about going to college will prevent you from getting ripped off because you took Wealth Management Classes. This is about what is the right age for high level basketball prospects being professional athletes. Is that age 18, 20, 21? Should there not even be an age limit? Should a 15 year old LeBron James be allowed to play in the NBA because his potential would have some GM still pick him number 1?
Whether people think that at 18 years old people are considered adults society still says that they cannot drink alcohol legally or gamble legally. If they are mature enough to be an adult shouldn’t they be allowed to do those things?
My take on this is most 18 year old high school athletes would benefit from spending a few years playing college basketball. It provides more structure. Let them make money off their name and sign endorsement deals. It definitely is better for the NBA because you won’t see guys water down the league that are not ready and it gives GM’s more time to evaluate someone rather than going off of hype.
Look beyond basketball. Lots of soccer and tennis players turn pro at 15.
If someone can prove that young pros have worse life outcomes, I’d love to see it. Because otherwise it feels like projecting your own values onto strangers.
Yeah pretty much every prep to pro bust. People only think of the LeBron, Kobe, and Garnett’s of the world. What about Robert Swift, Korleone Young, Martel Webster, Leon Smith, Sebastian Telfair? All of these guys should have gone to college. I guarantee you they all regret their decisions now. Then you look at a guy like JR Smith. Maybe instead of being a 6th man of a year guy maybe he ends up being a perennial All Star if he develops his game at North Carolina. Kwame Brown is another example. That’s a lot of wasted potential.
It’s a fact that since the one and done rule was implemented there have been fewer busts. Even one year of college has helped guys like Rose, Zion, Trae Young, etc. Guys like Tatum and Durant have even come out and said how valuable their time in college was to them. You add another year of college and the success rates are probably even better. The key is to end Amateurism and give them the best of both worlds.
Out of all the high school to pro guys there was one guy that was truly NBA ready out of high school. That guy was LeBron. Even Garnett and Kobe needed time to develop. These guys aren’t coming in based on their ability. They are getting drafted on hype and future potential. Raw athletes aren’t good for the quality of the NBA game.
We’ll see what the G League will end up being but there is a reason why most elite prospects are still going to college versus the G League. Jalen Green went from the 2nd best prospect to 4 and guys that went to college are going to get drafted ahead of him. We’ll see if their NBA careers turn out better as well.