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David Stern Wants to Raise NBA Draft Age Limit for No Good Reason at All

PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 27:  NBA commissioner David Stern speaks at a press conference before the NBA game between the San Antonio Spurs the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on March 27, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Spurs defeated the Suns 107-100. 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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Ethan Sherwood StraussNBA Lead WriterApril 4, 2012

According to an AP report, David Stern says he "would love to add a year" to the current age limit despite no stated evidence that such a restriction is helpful to these athletes in any way.

But the current restriction, and the want to raise it, isn't really about "student-athletes." It's about a league that prefers a free farm system to augment the problematic D-League. 

That wouldn't make a higher age limit right, though. Just because the NBA might wish to funnel more players into the NCAA's free labor system doesn't make such a move morally justifiable. Why should anyone encourage a profession to further discriminate on the basis of age? Keep in mind, age 18 is when an American citizen legally becomes an adult

Again, there is no correlation between "staying in school" and having a better NBA career. With that in mind, raising the limit might adversely impact pro development in this country. So many great players hail directly from the high school ranks—Kobe, KG, and LeBron to name a few—and they seem no worse for wear. The league should be looking into scaling the measure back, not fueling the one-and-done farce with an obstacle. 

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