Re: Syracuse PG Tyler Ennis declares for the 2014 NBA Draft.
I've said this before, I'm a Syracuse fan, so I'm a bit predisposed to liking him.
I think physically he's just a bit too limited to be a star, but in the right setting he could be a starter on a championship level team. And now I'm going to compare him to a star, but he reminds me a bit of Tony Parker. The multiple finishing ability at the rim in spite of non-elite athleticism is unusual, and almost impossible to predict. And the almost savant manner in which he handles the PnR. Combined with very good outside shooting. Most scouting websites say he's a go under the PnR type guy, but that's just not what I saw. I by no means think he'll be Parker, but there are some similarities. He would be a nice option on a team that has a ball dominant wing too, because he can space the floor some, and you can run him as a PnR specialist as opposed to having him orchestrate the whole offense. He'd be ideal next to someone like Westbrook. Or in Miami.
ON THE AGE LIMIT.
I agree that the way the data is being presented isn't really a compelling argument. One and Done guys picked super high are exceptionally talented and are going to look good. But adding the extra year of scouting has eliminated a lot of the scouting issues that the straight from HS crowd created.
I love college basketball. But I also don't think it's the ideal for developing NBA players. I think the NBA would benefit from blowing out their NBDL. Allowing prospects to enter that league straight from HS, and putting an age limit at that point. Those players should be paid, on a lesser scale. It would centralize the scouting. Seasons should be longer than what College provides, because it help snuff out the injury bug. A player may be designed to play a HS or College season, but an 82 NBA season is such a different animal it's absurd. Lengthen the game to NBA lenth. Include the same rule set. Just generally limit the amount of variables as much as possible. And I think it could be profitable. It could provide fodder for their network at a capped cost by severely restricting the pay rate. And based on the success of expanded HS and HS all-star game coverage, and the existence of websites like this or DraftNet or whatever, to me explain that there's be a market, even if it were limited. Players get paid. Ownership gets to expand it's knowledge base before making multimillion dollar decisions on kids. It's a win win.
Company's do have a right to issue hiring standards. Age is tricky, because I can't have my job without my degree, but there's nothing saying I couldn't be Doogie Houser and have completed it at 14. But in this business we're talking about an assessment of phyical maturity, so it's got some basis in logic.