View Full Version : Wouldn't players be smarter if they stayed in school for four years?

02-02-2011, 02:13 AM
I understand that players like LeBron and Durant were NBA-ready off the bat and that if Durant stayed for four years, this would be his rookie year.

But - Landry Fields seems like one of the smartest players in the game today as a rookie. He never really makes bad decisions, hardly commits turnovers and has a general understanding of the game that many rookies don't have.

Many players that come into the league are uneducated. I think it would benefit players like John Wall or DeMarcus Cousins to get a four-year degree and then go on to the NBA.

You would be seeing much more rookies having seasons like Blake Griffin than like Hasheem Thabeet.

Whose to say if Durant didn't come into the league this past summer, that he wouldn't have put up the same numbers due to all the experience he attained in college? For all the Durants, Griffins and LeBron's, there's many more Thabeet's and Mike Conley's that declared way too early. Their rookie seasons are that of a role player. In the NFL, you see other position players (besides QB) that come into the league and are automatic superstars, largely due to them having some sort of intelligence based on three years in college.

Players need to be smarter and in general, it would be nice for all the players to have four year degrees, coming into the NBA as 22-year-olds.

02-02-2011, 02:16 AM
another tread praising landry fields?

02-02-2011, 02:19 AM
The only reason why Fields stayed in school was because he wasn't good enough to come out earlier..If you can be a lottery pick or maybe mid 1st rounder it's smart to come out..

02-02-2011, 02:25 AM
maybe not smarter .

But for sure they woudl ahve better fundamentals.

02-02-2011, 02:27 AM
There is no basketball playing degree in college.
It wont matter if they studied their world history and math.
Taking up basketball full time can be more beneficial to some people.

02-02-2011, 02:30 AM
Just cuz you have a higher education doesn't make you a better ball player.

02-02-2011, 02:32 AM
Well, if you stay all 4 years you're seen as finished product when you enter the draft, which is why majority of the top 10 picks are freshmen or sophmores.

Although staying longer also polishes your game.

chicago lulz
02-02-2011, 02:36 AM
You risk the chance of lowering your stock. Say that last year your numbers go down or you sustain an injury. You might be effed in the a.

02-02-2011, 02:55 AM
People act like players who finish 4 years has sup par nba careers. Look at Duncan 4 years and is now the best PF to play the game. Steve Nash 4 years and is a 2x MVP too many one time freshmans with the so called potential are really good but lack bbiq and fundamentals.

If a guy like JR Smith had went to college a couple years he would have been a allstar already but sadly he isnt a smart basketball player

chicago lulz
02-02-2011, 03:23 AM
It goes both ways really. Different from player to player. It certainly seems like Fields benefited from it. Kind of like Taj was last year. Solid for a 2nd round draft pick. Granted Fields is doing better his rookie season it seems.