Why Players Shouldn't Be Allowed To Be In The NBA Until Graduating From College

Dave SmithCorrespondent IJuly 5, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 25:  Fifth overall draft pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves,  Ricky Rubio makes his way to the stage during the 2009 NBA Draft at the Wamu Theatre at Madison Square Garden June 25, 2009 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Every year, the NBA drafts have a ton of freshman and once in a while a high school player taken in the draft. Well people think it's a good way to bring fans in for the NBA to make money.

Really I think taking these freshman and high school players is a bad way for the NBA to operate.

Right now you're thinking "no way" "Without taking freshman or high school players in the draft you can't get people like LeBron".

Well first off, it woudn't have hurt LeBron to play in college. If they're that good, they'll show us in college.

Another reason why NBA players shouldn't be drafted that early is because of the maturity issue. You could see that I had eighteen year old phenom Ricky Rubio as my picture. I had him there because he fits right in the maturity issue.

Rubio was taken by the Wolves with the fifth pick with Wolves fans excited. Later on everyone found out after the pick that he doesn't want to come here. He said, "it's too cold in Minnesota".

This is what really gets me going! Rubio will be traveling all over the country even if he was in LA to cold places! Not only that. It's also not a big enough market for him.

Ricky isn't the only one that's doing this. Every time a you see a freshman drafted, you see them threaten not to play there. No one wants a player like that. So they either skip on the player or trade him later on to a player who won't do that.

If you gave a player time to mature in college before playing, you wouldn't have to worry about any of this.

Of all the freshman that became stars or did anything in the NBA, there are 10 times more that didn't make it. So a lot of NBA teams have failed to do anything by taking these freshman.

So instead of taking a freshman that has only played for one year or a high school player, take a proven senior that will wanna step in to their pro team and have a better career from the years of experience in college.

Let's compare the NBA to the NFL's draft. I know they are two different sports but they have the same players with the same attitude and character.

The NFL is one of the top things going in this country. Part of the reason is the way they draft. If the NFL started taking freshman, they'd be going out of business. So instead they take seniors because they no that they won't be complaining about the team they're on and they always try their best to make the team.

Now with the NBA taking freshman, most of them don't work, they don't want to go to any team, and a lot of them fail to make it just because they left early and didn't get enough experience.

Now given these are two different sports. But they are the same people playing these sports. You look at each NFL team and you see that they virtually have a sell out every game. When you look at the NBA, you don't see anyone for half the teams.

No one wants to watch young punks that don't want to play there get huge contracts just by going through motions and shooting baskets. And the fans work there hardest every day to get money.

This is one of the reasons why the NBA is falling apart. If they get players that wanna play, then they get fans that wanna watch those players. Then they'll get a lot of sell outs and players that'll try their hardest.

I'm one of those fans that are used to seeing their favorite team not try half the season. I hope you are to. So if you disagree with this then please i'll be happy to get your comments.

Thanks for reading!