Last time I checked, the NBA Draft was just a two-round event. I did not realize that an infinite number of players would get picked up by these teams. It seems that every underclassmen in America is being told to make the jump from the collegiate level early head to the pros.
Guys like John Wall, Evan Turner, and Demarcus Cousins are all leaving early. This was expected and is perfectly fine. They exhibited the maturity level and the ability to make the leap. But today guys such as Lance Stephenson, Chris Wright, and Xavier Henry have declared. Not to mention it appears that Daniel Orton of UK will be departing early as well. What is the deal?!
These guys are all fine players with loads of potential. They are all sure-fire future NBA players with a plethora of talent. But you have to hone and refine your skills in college before you make the leap. The NBA is not there to baby you. In actuality, it does anything but baby you. It is a big time transition not only as a player, but to the pro lifestyle. Yes, your game will improve while you are in the League. But you are supposed to make the leap to the pros when you are ready. I know that Lance Stephenson is known for being “Born Ready,” and I have a biased opinion in that I would love to see him stay and help out the Bearcats next year, but is he really ready to make the leap?
Is Daniel Orton ready to make the jump? I know how loaded Kentucky was this year, but the guy did not even start. He has no experience as a starter at the College level. Yet he is ready for the pros?
Lastly, Xavier Henry. He had a great year, but is he a lottery pick? Not that I foresee.
I will state that I wish them all the best of luck and am not questioning the level of potential that they all have. They all could become stars in the League one day. But are they really NBA ready yet?
Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.