Amir Johnson was the last player to go to the NBA straight out of high school. Now players have to waste a year of their prime formative years playing for incompetent college coaches running bad systems while also having to pretend to go to classes. Amir might have been raw coming in to the league, but at least he didn’t have to write any papers about the influence of Rosa Parks.
I think Adam Silver should remove the one-year requirement for players, not increase it to two. In fact, let’s go one step further: no age requirements for the NBA. At all. If some 12-year-old kid wants to declare for the draft, I say go for it. Some people are gonna cry about morally-questionable NBA players not being proper adult figures in a preteen’s life, but he’s going to find out about weed from his friends anyway, so why not have the experienced hand of Michael Beasley show him how to roll the perfect joint?
The possibilities are truly without end. Kobe just had a baby boy? Put his name in there and the team that drafts him can stash him overseas to develop. Teams would be trading crates of babies, genetically testing each one to determine if they had high NBA upside and discarding the unworthy. Huge factory farms of women birthing children who are immediately snatched away and drafted into the NBA system, hyper-intelligent robot masters treating human life as little more than a curiosity to be regarded with contempt – this is a future I want to be a part of.