5 ways to fix the NBA's one-and-done problem – SB Nation

In the coming months, the NBA will move to end the one-and-done era. Commissioner Adam Silver has given up trying to raise the NBA’s draft eligibility age minimum to 20 years old, and has now said multiple times that the current rule is not working as intended.

That rule, instituted as part of the 2005 labor deal, prevented players from declaring for the draft directly out of high school. Players must spend a year following high school graduation in college, playing overseas, in the NBA’s development league, or … somewhere. Just not in the NBA.

In practice, few players went overseas for their gap year, and even fewer joined the NBA D-League (now rebranded as the G League). Most top prospects went to a college program. Many of the best players truly spend just one semester in actual classes of questionable value before ending their freshman season and declaring for the draft.

Since Silver is declaring the rule doesn’t work and acknowledging the players’ union has no appetite to expand it another year, the age minimum will be reformed. The question is how. We lay out five potential ways the NBA could end the one-and-done era and reform the age minimum.

Method 1: Straight repeal

The easiest thing the league could do on paper is just simply repeal the rule it put in place in 2005 limiting the NBA draft to players at least a year out of high school or 19 years old. This may also be the most disruptive path forward for the league’s teams.

Most franchises are still investing a good deal of scouting resources in the domestic amateur game below the college level, though more likely through AAU than high school play. But without that one-year cushion to play catch-up on top prospects, identifying potential

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