You know what? The Jazz tanking this year doesn't seem so bad any more.
Let's bring on Jabari!
“That dude could play right now (in the NBA), like today,” This says a mouthful about the NBA and college level competition.By
allowing young men to leave college for the pros early, the talent pool has been
dimished. Now kids that are very good, could actually play and star in the
NBA.Both prducts are a lot less than they used to be. They have both
been diluted.Competitive? Yes, but so is Jr high basketball.Same thing for football.
@Fred - when you say "allowing young men to leave college for the pros
early," it sounds rather like you're suggesting mandated indentured
servitude to the school and NCAA is a more appropriate plan. What right does
anyone have to prevent someone with skills from earning a living with them? Do
fans or schools have any right to obligate young men to a life course they do
not want?Should Bill Gates have been forced to attend college before
creating computers and software for money? Should Mark Zuckerberg have been
required to complete college and donate his skills to Harvard before starting
Facebook? Should Doogie Howser have been prevented from a quick college path
before pretending to practice medicine?Besides, Duke is never short
of talent, and the NCAA is a fascist organization, undeserving of the athletes
they exploit and oppress.
@Fred T,Yeah, we all know how horrible Kobe and Garnett are. Never
attending college really hurt them. Magic Johnson should've never left
college after his Sophomore year. If he'd stayed in school, he may have
won a championship or two. LeBron, too. What was he thinking? If he'd
stayed in school he might've become an All Star, maybe even MVP, and won a
championship or two (and counting).
(Ir)Rational:Citing the standout exceptions to the rule ignores the
scors of kids that overestimate their abilities, come out too early, and end up
another in a long line of washouts wondering how they ended up unemployed and
uneducated before age 25. There are very few underclassmen who can legitmately
say they are sure-fire lottery picks, and none of them are assured a Garnett or
Kobe-like career (or a Bill Gates career). All it takes is one injury or some
other misfortune and the dream is gone. Poke around online . . there's a
never-ending supply of stories about players who left school early, didn't
get drafted at all, and are now just regular folk . . or worse.As to
the current rules and state of the game, the NBA is plenty healthy, but it would
be better off with players staying in college at least 2-3 years. From a legal
and capitalist standpoint, I am forced to agree . . people have the right to
leave school and get a job. From a personal standpoint, I HATE what early entry
into the NBA has done to college hoops. It's a shadow of what it was.
SlopJ30,You can't legislate good judgment, or logic, as you
post clearly shows. Staying in college doesn't guarantee the end of that
"never-ending supply of stories" about guys who didn't make it or
aren't stars. See the NBA draft list for any year in the past 50 years, or
look at how the career of 4 year college player and POY "The Jimmer" is
turning out: most people don't make it. What about the guys who stay, get
injured, and then don't get a chance or a payday? (While their college is
raking in the dough.)And requiring people to stay put for
others' benefit or entertainment, Mr. Lincoln did away with that seven
score and 10 years ago...
Jabari can pay for school with his NBA salary. leaving college to earn money,
doesn't mean one is turning their backs on higher education for good.
Logic like "LeBron, Kobe, Magic and KG are all future HoF'ers, so
it's perfectly reasonable for any decent undergraduate college player to
leave school early!"No one equates a four-year college career to
a guarantee of anything. Here's the question: If you think you're a
future NBA All-Star but the prevailing opinion from pro scouts is that you will
go undrafted or maybe sneak into the second round and that another year in the
NCAA will probably help your stock, what's your best option? Who do you
listen to; your boys back home who can't wait to move in with you, or the
scouts, your coach, and other people with actual experience evaluating pro
talent?Based on casual observation, it appears the threat of a
career-ending injury should be much less of a concern for borderline pro
prospects than the possibility that they either (1) won't be a first-round
pick (and thus have no guaranteed contract), or (2) just aren't good enough
yet.If you stay 3-4 years, at least you've maximized your
development at that level and have either earned a degree or are close.
The kid has played 3 games at Duke.It's now officially
ridiculous how little players have to do these days before they are called
Jabari Parker will get bored if no one challenges him, and his game will suffer.
He can focus of school and getting a totally well rounded education, and cruise
in BB 'til its time to make a living...most players are done by around age
35, so its a good idea to have other skills and interests.
Let's play through the season before we start worrying about the draft. The
Jazz may well finish 1-81. So what! Let's look at this in the spirit in
which it is meant. This is development time. Favors and Kanter should not be
worrying about the All Star team. They should be "shining their shoes"
and getting ready for the next game. Karl needs to get out a big pin and go
around the dressing room and start "exploding big heads". Favors and
Kanter as well as Hayward have plenty of promise but let's not get too far
in front of ourselves. Jabari Parker is a very good college player but so what.
Favors was a great college player and so was Kanter when he scrimmaged with the
U of Kentucky. This is apples and oranges. Parker is a scorer. Favors and Kanter
are "bigs". You can't teach height and Parker doesn't have it.
There are plenty of roads to go before Parker becomes an NBA player.
JBQ: "... Jabari Parker is a very good college player but so what. Favors
was a great college player and so was Kanter when he scrimmaged with the U of
Kentucky. This is apples and oranges. ..."I'll say
it's apples and oranges because if you've watched Parker, Randle, and
Wiggins (in my personal order of preference for the Jazz) you know it's
night-and-day difference in talent level. These three are most certainly the
real deal and NBA-ready right now. There's no comparison talent-wise to
Favors/Kanter now or in college. Don't get me (completely) wrong,
Favors/Kanter are very talented and I see both developing into great NBA
players, however, size may be the ONLY advantage either has right now over the
three lottery picks.
@USALover Ya, Parker was a complete unknown prior to these 3 games.
Nobody knew his name and he never did a thing to have any credibility in HS.
Kind of like LeBron, wait he never won a single game and college and people said
he was great. Fools! What are they doing saying LeBron is great without a
single college season to prove it.@JBQYa, Karl Malone
and Lebron don't have height either. They managed to get by in the NBA.
Parker is pulling rebounds down in college like he is a big man. He is still a
kid and is already 235 which is decent weight. He already has an NBA body and
scores from a myriad of spots. A scorer is what this team needs in the worst
Let's step back a moment and consider the long term implications. So the
Jazz tank the season and Jabari enters the draft. The Jazz pick and sign him.
He plays out the first contract and then leaves for LA who will offer him more
money than the Jazz ever can. So he's gone before a team can be built
around him.What difference will it make it the long run?
And in other news, the sky is blue...