Age Limit in the NBA (Final Cut)
Former NBA commissioner David Stern, retired February of this year. After his 30 years of service as leader, Adam Silver, Stern's long-time assistant, has taken over the position. Silver, who attended Duke University, plans to introduce himself to the league by proposing to change the draft eligibility age to twenty. This controversial issue will have to be agreed upon by the owners and players, just as it was in 2006, when David Stern increased the age requirement from eighteen to nineteen. While another year of college for anyone seems favorable, this rule change stands to be more beneficial to the "Big Business" of basketball rather than the player.
Although rare, there are proven successful talents (42 players) that came right out of high school at the ripe age of eighteen, with only one dream, to play in the NBA. Some of these players were so uniquely talented that two of them won Rookie of the Year honors, during their transition from High School to the NBA. While not all players were as successful, three of these young men were good enough to eventually win MVP award, the most prestigious award that can be received by an individual, in the NBA. Even with the undeniable examples of proven success of these special players, the NBA and its owners still question the mental and physical maturity of these kids versus the men of the NBA. This observation of maturity should be done on an individual basis. If they feel a player is not ready for the NBA, rather mentally or physically, the decision should be made then not to draft him. Otherwise, they will be taking opportunity away from players in the future that are ready to play with the best NBA, right away.
Moreover, limiting the age of players in the NBA will significantly change the financial benefit that these young, talented men have an opportunity for. Each player selected in the first...