The Kentucky Wildcats have been among the biggest benefactors of the NBA’s one-and-done rule.
Because high school superstars have to spend at least one year in college (unless they go overseas or to a prep school), we get to see many future NBA superstars grace a college campus. Whether it’s Anthony Davis, Karl-Anthony Towns, John Wall or Malik Monk, there’s no question that most players like them would have gone straight to the pros out of high school if given the opportunity.
Now, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver could be rethinking the NBA’s one-and-done rule. In an interview with FOX Sports, Silver spoke at length about the problems of the NBA’s age minimum of 19, even stating that the NBA is “rethinking our position” on letting players enter the NBA sooner rather than later.
“I’m rethinking our position,” Silver said of his stance on the one-and-done rule. “So our historical position since we raised the age from 18 to 19 was that we want to go from 19 to 20, and the Union’s position is that they want to go from 19 to 18.
“In the last round of collective bargaining, Michele Roberts and I both agreed let’s get through these core economic issues in terms of renewing the collective bargaining agreement and then turn back to this age issue, because it’s one that I think we need to be more thoughtful on and not just be in an adversarial position under the bright lights of collective bargaining.”
Silver has said in the past he’d like the age minimum raised to 20, which would effectively make players attend two years of college, but it sounds like he may be willing to abolish it completely.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is also against the one-and-done rule. In an interview with ESPN, the NBA Hall of Famer slammed the rule that prevents high schoolers from going straight to the NBA and making a living for themselves. He also thinks players who are forced into college are simply getting in and out as quickly as possible.
"They're there less than six months. It's not even six months and they're gone," Abdul-Jabbar said. "It's a travesty, I think. They're just using the college system as a stepping stone to the NBA, and that's really unfortunate. I think an education is vital to having a good life, and these guys aren't getting that opportunity. It's sad."
The good news for Kentucky is that many of John Calipari’s one-and-dones have embraced college and returned to take classes and continue their degree, even while they’re making millions of dollars in the NBA.
Some think the rule should be altered into a two-and-through deal, ensuring that anyone who comes to college has to embrace it for more that just six months.
Whatever the best solution is, it’s clear the current rule isn’t highly thought of, so we shouldn’t be surprised if it changes down the line.