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John Wall has an idea for how to fix the NBA's one-and-done rule

John Wall has an idea for how to fix the NBA's one-and-done rule

Last month, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts met with the Commission on College Basketball in Washington to discuss the future of the league's draft entry rules. ESPN reported the meeting and out of it came an interesting possible rule change, that players could someday be allowed to enter the draft out of high school but those who go to college would be required to stay at least two years.

That type of system would change a lot about both college basketball and the NBA and many are split on whether it's a good idea. Wizards guard John Wall, one of the most famous cases of a one-and-done star, offered his thoughts recently on NBC Sports Washington's Wizards Tipoff podcast.

Wall does not agree with the new proposal.

"It's kinda tough. I don't think they should go to school for two years if they don't have to. But I also think a lot of kids aren't ready out of high school," he said. "You very rarely find one or two of those guys that were spectacular that could leave right out of high school."


There are some success stories for guys who joined the NBA straight out of high school like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett. But there are also many who never made it entirely or didn't reach their potential because their development was arguably rushed. 

The NBA enacted a rule in 2006 that prevented players from jumping to the NBA right out of high school. The result has been a systematic churn of NBA prospects from big-time college programs and that process has drawn its own critics. 

Wall, who played one season at the University of Kentucky before going first overall in the 2010 draft, likes the one-and-done system because it worked for him. He used that year to continue learning about the game and has since blossomed into a four-time NBA All-Star.

"I could have, but I wouldn't have wanted to," Wall said of going from high school to the NBA. "I wouldn't have been ready."


Wall likes the current one-and-done system and doesn't care for the new proposal, but he does have an idea of how to change the system. The NBA has something it didn't have back in 2006, a more developed minor league system. In 2006, the NBA's D-League (now the G-League) was only one year old.

Now it's a more refined institution and Wall thinks it could be the answer for a compromise.

"I think if they did come out of high school, they should go to the G-League for one year, then come to the NBA," Wall said. "It would be just like they played in college, but they would be able to play at this level."

One year in the G-League would add some new wrinkles to the development process of NBA prospects. It's an interesting idea. 

Wall also discussed Bradley Beal's All-Star chances, why the NBA should televise its All-Star draft and more on the podcast. Listen to the interview right here:




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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

The 2018 NBA offseason in just three weeks has become one of the wildest summers in the league's history between LeBron James signing with the Lakers, and all the characters that followed him, to DeMarcus Cousins surprising everyone to sign with the Golden State Warriors, to Kawhi Leonard getting traded to the Raptors.

As crazy as it all has been, two teams in the Eastern Conference stand out for so far doing very little, either by choice or circumstance. The Celtics and Sixers, the two teams most see as the favorites in the East, appear at least so far to be running it back with the same group of players.

This appears to be the Celtics' intention. After overhauling their roster last summer, they clearly see an opportunity to take a step forward as-is. Boston was one win away from the NBA Finals and will return Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving from injury. With James gone to the West, they can improve significanly just by keeping it all together.

Boston re-signed Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes. Their biggest addition this summer so far has been their first round pick, Robert Williams.

The Sixers, unlike the Celtics, didn't appear to plan on doing it this way. They wanted James and missed out. They reportedly had interest in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, but both went elsewhere. There are no stars left to sign in free agency and the trade market may be drying up.

Philly made some minor moves like trades for Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala. They may also have a deal for Kyle Korver in the works. They also had two first round picks in Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet.

There's a chance the Sixers got better than people think, as many of the moves they made seem smart. But they didn't reel in a big fish and will probably come back for the 2018-19 season with a team very similar to the one that made the second round of the playoffs this spring.

The fact the Celtics and Sixers may stand pat is probably a good thing for the rest of the East. Both teams may improve naturally if they are healthier and if their young players continue to ascend. But neither made a game-changing addition, one that would solidify either as an unstoppable superteam in the conference. 

The West is overloaded with title contenders and All-NBA players. The East, meanwhile, is much more open and it may end up staying that way mainly because Boston and Philly have been quiet so far this summer.

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Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 



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