High School To the NBA

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Did you know that there are roughly 550,000 male high school basketball players, 15,000 are good enough to make it to play college basketball, one third of that or 5,000 play well enough to make it to division I which is the highest in the NCAA basketball league, and only around 348 go on to play one game in the NBA. On the other hand there are rare cases of players having extraordinary talents and making the jump from high school basketball straight to NBA without any college experience. The debate on this topic is two sided, the first being that the jump from high school to the NBA should not be allowed and the second being that they should be able to do what they want. The ones who believe that the jump from high school to the NBA should not be allowed have various reasons for there belief. The first being, that the players are not physically or emotionally ready for that drastic jump. The players could be hassled nonstop and catch a lot of criticism for how they play or what they have done wrong while playing. Physically they are not ready because, the other players are much bigger, stronger, and faster, this could lead to an early injury or end a career, also the long road trips and back to back game night in and night out. They are not emotionally ready because, they might not be able to handle the pressure on or off the court, they may become frightened and fall into a slump and never make it out. A way to deal with all of these problems is to not draft out of high school just draft players out of college. Players with college experience are ready for the NBA they know what’s its going to be like and have learned valuable skills to help the cope with the new life. Most people feel that the players will become ... ... middle of paper ... ...r_stats.html). Ray Allen was drafted out of Connecticut by the Seattle Supersonics in the 96-97 season. He started81 games and played 82 games, and in that season he averaged 13.4 points per game ("NBA.com." Web. 11 Jan 2010. http://www.nba.com/playerfile/ray_allen/carrer_stats.html). Kevin Durrant was drafted out of Texas by the Seattle Supersonics in the 07-08 season. He started 82 games and played 82 games, and in his rookie season he averaged 20.3 points per game. ("NBA.com." Web. 11 Jan 2010. http://www.nba.com/playerfile/kevin_durrant/carrer_stats.html). Michael Jordan was drafted out of North Carolina by the Chicago Bulls in the 84-85 season. He started 82 games and played in 82 games, during his rookie year he averaged 28.2 points per game ("Basketball-Refrence.com." Web. 11 Jan 2010. http://www.basketball-refrence.com/players/j/jordanmi01.html).
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