End of the One-and-Done?

On February 20th, 2019, UNC was facing Duke in a rivalry basketball game. Less than a minute into the game, Duke's Zion Williamson obtained a knee injury when his shoe blew out during the game. Although his return to the team is likely this season, this created lots of controversy regarding the current One-and-Done rule.

The One-and-Done rule that states in order for a player to enter the NBA, they must be at least 19 years old and one year removed from high school. Zion Williamson would have most likely been the number one pick in the draft if he entered straight out of high school. So why does he have to wait and risk injury before entering the draft? He shouldn't have to.

The NBA needs to remove the One-and-Done rule immediately. To begin, this rule only applies to a handful of players each year. Only a few players in high school are able to make the jump straight to the NBA. For these few players, their main goal is to make it to the NBA so that they can provide for themselves and their families. Colleges currently do not pay their athletes, so these players are having their payday be delayed a year despite them or their families needing it.

The one argument I have heard in favor of the One-and-Done rule is that the NFL is similar in that they require the athletes to be three years removed from high school. This should not apply to the NBA because of the difference between basketball and football. Football is much more physical, so the three years allow the athletes time to further develop their bodies so that they can compete with the grown men in the NFL. Some rather skinny players such as Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett entered the league out of high school. After a combined 2 MVPs, 6 NBA championships, and 33 all-star appearances, I think it is safe to say they did just fine.

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