Originally posted by SacRock14:
How is it better for the NBA to not have these players in the league?
1. Derrick Rose, FRESHMAN - All-rookie
2. Michael Beasley, FRESHMAN - All-rookie
3. OJ Mayo, FRESHMAN - All-rookie
4. Russell Westbrook, SOPHOMORE - All-rookie
Also. Kevin Love (FRESHMAN), Eric Gordon (FRESHMAN), Brook Lopez (SOPHOMORE), Anthony Randolph (FRESHMAN)
2008 Upperclassmen (players who would be eligible for the draft under this proposed idea):
8. Joe Alexander (JUNIOR) - Not ready to contribute
12. Jason Thompson (SENIOR) - Good rookie
13. Brandon Rush (SENIOR) - Not a big rookie season
17. Roy Hibbert (SENIOR) - Not ready to contribute
So looking at this class, I'll venture to say the best players are underclassmen. So how is the NBA hurting from that? The fact is it's a case-by-case basis: upperclassmen are no more ready for the pros than underclassmen. There are cases both ways in which one player is more ready than another. The whole draft is a risk, not just drafting freshmen. If you scout a guy and deem him to be worth your selection, go for it.
Obviously the NBA can put whatever rules they want, can't fight that -- I'm saying it's ridiculous to do so.
Well thats a great analysis of the first part of the 2008 draft but look at the bottom picks 18-30. Out of those 12 picks 10 played NCAA ball. Out of those 10, the 2 that contributed most were seniors.
22. Courtney Lee (senior)- Proved his developed scoring ability through-out season/playoffs
26. George Hill (senior) - Got significant time with Parker out the first couple of months, and fit the Spurs system well.
29. DJ White (senior)- only senior in the bottom half that did not adjust well to the NBA game.
The rest of the
23. Kosta Koufos (freshmen)- Could have developed more down low
21. Ryan Anderson (sophomore)- More Pac 10 experience would have helped
27. Darrell Arthur (sophomore) - played most out of anyone, but could have gone from role player to contributor with more development
28. Donté Greene (freshmen)- jumped to the NBA for money didnt get P.T.
18. JaVale McGee (sophomore)- Big Man that could have developed in NCAA
16. Marreese Speights (sophomore)- 7.7 ppg not bad, but could have developed more
15. Robin Lopez (sophomore) - struggled on defense, played less when Shaq got there.
I think you optimized the most significant part of the problem. People focus on the hand full of successes of under class man and don't understand the 8-14 (1/2 the draft) kids in the draft that could be more NBA ready. While I concede you the point that your top 4 did contribute from day 1, the other underclassmen on your list took an adjustment period.
I'm saying if those would have stayed in school not only would their games develop more people would know the Marreese Speights, JaVale McGee and Kosta Koufoses of the world.
[ Edited by global_nomad on Jun 28, 2009 at 19:56:52 ]