halekulani wrote:it's bad for the player as a risk, but how is this better for a team? nothing hurts a team more than using a lottery pick on someone who is injury prone and managed to squeak through a year of college bball only to get injured at the pro level.
you can't predict injuries or make that a sole excuse as to why someone should go for the nba draft imo. yes, go ahead and make the argument that he would lose out on millions of dollars, blah blah blah blah. is that going to make you feel better after the lakers use a draft pick on that same player?
it's also hilarious how many ppl are saying no to college when the only thing you hear about guys like damian lillard are how they are going to get better in this league. everyone seems to forget that dame went to college for FOUR years. hibbert already stated that he wouldn't be here today if he hadn't stayed at georgetown.
we're talking about players who are projected lottery picks in their freshman year, not players who sat under the radar and finally had a breakout year. sorry, but was lillard ever mentioned as a 1/2/3rd overall pick ever in his college career? he was selected 6th. hibbert was a 17th pick anyway.
do you think Oden, who was only really at best Ben Wallace ceiling, would have the extended career he's had rather than if he had those injuries in college? no one would touch him with those knees.