Underclassmen are entering the 2011 NBA draft with reckless abandon. Despite a possible labor lockout in 2011-2012, many freshmen, sophomores and juniors are entering one of the weakest draft classes in recent memory.
The upside to such a weak draft class is more players can get picked. The downside is it creates uncertainty that will assuredly lead to young players not getting picked and being left out in the cold for next season.
If the NBA has a lockout next season, players might wish they stayed in school to stay fresh on the court. For some fringe players, however, and certain dominant players, their draft stock is far better in this draft than it would likely be in the future.