Anybody who reads here much knows that -- though I loved writing about Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley and Tyreke Evans -- I think the NBA's age-limit rule preventing high school players from jumping directly to the NBA is ridiculous, and that those who pretend college basketball is necessary to prepare prospects are either stupid, naive or blind to all the information suggesting otherwise.
Which brings me to these NBA Playoffs.
We are now down to the final four teams, and the leading scorer for those four teams - Kobe Bryant of the Lakers, Carmelo Anthony of the Nuggets, LeBron James of the Cavs and Dwight Howard of the Magic -- combined to play a grand total of one season of college basketball. Furthermore, none of the top three regular-season scorers from the Lakers (Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum) or Magic (Howard, Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu) played a minute of college basketball, and none of the remaining contenders' top three scorers from the regular season did more than two years of college.
Now look at it this way ...
-- TOP THREE ACTIVE REGULAR-SEASON SCORERS FOR REMAINING NBA CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDERS--
- Kobe Bryant: Zero years of college
- Pau Gasol: Zero years of college
- Andrew Bynum: Zero years of college
- Carmelo Anthony: One year of college
- Chauncey Billups: Two years of college
- J.R. Smith: Zero years of college
- LeBron James: Zero years of college
- Mo Williams: Two years of college
- Zydrunas Ilgauskas: Zero years of college
- Dwight Howard: Zero years of college
- Rashard Lewis: Zero years of college
- Hedo Turkoglu: Zero years of college
So again, I love college basketball would like to see all the greats play four years.
I'm sure you would, too.
But let's not pretend it's always the best way or even necessary to develop as a player.
Because these NBA Playoffs are clearly suggesting otherwise.