Did the one-and-done rule improve today’s NBA? Or is the league still facing similar problems from when high school players could declare for the draft?
Debate was rekindled after Tracy McGrady commented last weekend that college players should have to wait two years before becoming eligible for the draft, noting, “the talent in this league is pretty down.”
With that in mind, we rank the players whose decision to leave after one year proved the most successful. Because it is a ranking based on the earliest a player can enter the league, the only players considered are ones since the one-and-done rule’s inception in 2005 (Sorry, Melo).
For this list, we examined each player’s performance to date. And while some players mentioned here made their presence felt immediately (Kevin Durant), many have not had enough seasons for us to develop a substantial, facts-based analysis (Anthony Davis). Therefore, player potential and draft-day expectations must be considered as well.
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