True, players like McGrady, Garnett, Bryant, have helped out the NBA. But here's something you have to understand this, more people are pouring out into the NBA's ranks before they're ready. So instead of having a lot of players in the first round getting major minutes, and becoming instant players, they have to sit on the bench and wait, and when they go out on the court it's so apparent they're not ready it's not funny.
If a player went pro early because they believed they were good enough to compete, go ahead, feel free, I'm all for it. But if you're just going so you can catch up on years of pay, that's the absolute wrong decision. Who knows, I might not be saying this very same thing if I was in their position, but I have to talk it how I know it, and that's as an outsider.
This year was the perfect example of how agents and others can lie to young kids, a ton of players exited school early, and a lot were talented, but those players weren't even drafted. The sad thing is, it not only is hurting the status of the NBA, it's hurting the college game. But it's hard to feel sorry for either.
In college, the players are more or less exploited for major dollars,while they're pretty much living under poverty on campus. They aren't going to school for education in the first place, but rather to play basketball. In the ideal world, all players would go to college, refine their game, find out what life's like away from home as a very well known person, and see how you react to it. It's a growing period of sorts.. but is it worth it now?
It's gotten to the point where the league is going out of the country to scout for talent, because the guys over in Europe are taught the intricies of the game. And with Stern hoping to get back to how things were in the 80's believes that's the best way to go. And the more foreign prospects thrown into the draft equals more state-side prospects who are overlooked, and forced into a life of playing basketball in minor leagues hoping for a chance to get back into the NBA.
And while that's going on, you have to notice that most high school kids don't learn all of the things involving the game. Because if you're talented, you pretty much have a free ride as a superstar sports player, you know if you're good enough they can't do anything, you can just declare and join the draft.. and get drafted on potential.
Thing is right now, there's no solution to this muddy puddle we're all staring at. It's like Pandora's box has been opened and we all have to deal with all the evil that's been unleashed..
The only cure for something like this, is by installing a system like they have up in Canada with Hockey, where the players are working on their game and learning. And then picked by teams when the teams believe they're ready..
It might sound weird, but I believe that's the only solution. And the way things are shaping, it looks like that's the only way it'll go.