The NBA is six years removed from the rule change in which the age limit in the league was raised from eighteen to nineteen and required athletes to attend college before entering the draft. Has there been a tangible difference, increase or decrease in NBA play? The eye test says no, but can the numbers support my hypothesis that the NBA has actually been hurt by the rule change, while universities are gaining from it.
With the successes of prominent high school to pro athletes, it is only logical for there to have been many candidates to try and follow. For every Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett, there are three more Jonathan Bender’s (you must be asking who is he – 5.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg).