lakerfan2 wrote:and ALL of those players were projected top 3 picks who left in their freshman year...uhh.
one bad game in the tournament means you're out. how does that translate to a 7 game series in the playoffs?
what does being a top 3 pick have to do with anything? you are suggesting the competition at the ncaa level isn't worth it. i'm asking why isn't it worth it outside of the nba obviously offering tougher competition.
the point i'm trying to make is that they still faced tough competition in college. if college were such inferior talent, they should still win, single elimination or not. why is it so bad that these young kids face some adversity to grow and develop before reaching the professional level? just because you are a freshman projected to go into the lottery doesn't mean you can't benefit from college. not all people come out of the gates like damian lillard. even kobe took a few years to polish before breaking out to start for the lakers. while 'some' can develop to their potential under the pro model, not all freshman lottery picks do.
people insist the nba can groom raw players better. money aside, how many franchises do you actually believe know how to 'develop' their drafted talent? some talent will grow on their own, regardless of the team. however, a lot of talent will not see their full potential unless traded into the right circumstance.
if you want a long career you hope to god the spurs draft you because they actually can teach players the skills required to succeed in the league. you hope you don't end up on a franchise with a broken locker room and no veterans to show you the ropes.