It’s not everyday that David Stern and Mark Cuban agree on anything. Well, it must be a full moon because they both agree that the age limit should be raised to 20 from 19. Given the fact that this has to be collectively bargained, it’s unlikely to happen.
The current rule only requires draftees to be 19 and a year out of high school. In Stern’s opinion, as well as that of most college coaches, it’s resulted in a “one-and-done” mindset that is hurting young players, as well as college basketball.
Well, before last night’s Mavericks-Memphis game, owner Mark Cuban says he agrees with Stern _ except that Cuban would like to take it a step further and require draftees to wait until they have been out of high school for three years.
“It’s not even so much about lottery busts,” Cuban said. “It’s about kids’ lives that we’re ruining. Even if you’re a first-round pick and you have three years of guaranteed money _ or two years now of guaranteed money _ then what? Because if you’re a bust and it turns out you just can’t play in the NBA, your ‘rocks for jocks’ one year of schooling isn’t going to get you far.
“I just don’t think it takes into consideration the kids enough. Obviously, I think there’s significant benefit for the NBA. It’s not my decision to make, but that’s my opinion on it.”