The one-and-done rule for college basketball is easily the most scrutinized and controversial rule in all of sports. But if the new NBA commissioner has his way, it won’t be around much longer.
Adam Silver is close to wrapping up his first season as NBA commissioner, and he reiterated again on Thursday that he wants to eliminate the one-and-done rule. His proposal would raise the age limit for the NBA draft from 19 to 20 and he claimed he believes it would make the league better.
Silver had the following to say:
I’ve been a proponent of raising the age from 19 to 20 because I think it would make for a better league. I believe and continue to believe it would be in the best interest of the league. I think that the extra year in college will be a benefit for these young men to grow and develop as people and basketball players.
Silver said the league had considered raising the minimum age limit before the last collective bargaining agreement, but any discussion of that fell apart when Billy Hunter, the former executive director of the players union, was fired. The commissioner said it is an issue that should be collectively bargained when the union has a new executive director, and that it will be brought up again soon.
The earliest such a move could be considered would be for the 2015-16 season, but the two sides would be able to just amend the current CBA instead of having to renegotiate major issues to make it work.
The minimum age limit for the NBA’s developmental league is 18, but Silver doesn’t think there is any danger of that replacing college basketball in any meaningful way. He’s absolutely right. The D-league has a role to play in the NBA’s future, but it will never be a substitute for college basketball.
For opponents of the one-and-done rule (like me), this is great news and a reason to hope that Silver could be a great force for positive change in the NBA.