KUSA - Between delivering packages or driving to the hoop, only one won't let you begin your career immediately after high school. Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw finds the National Basketball Association's rule which won't allow players to be drafted directly out of high school odd.
"Any other occupation, if you didn't want to go to college you can go and work for UPS or FedEx or whoever else," he said.
But Shaw has seen the likes of Kobe Bryant, Jermaine O'Neal and Dirk Nowitzki make the transition and even they struggled initially.
He also understands what the league attempting to accomplish by solidifying their product as well as make it possible for the players to prosper. There is a system in place – where players that after beyond their one year removed from high school are aided to can refer to executives and scouts to determine one's stock before making the move – that helps with the process. But even then, the players are not always ready to join the NBA.
"We get guys on this level that are fundamentally way behind," Shaw continued. The NFL is the only other league where it has an age restriction on players. "We end up having to spend a lot of time in practice basic fundamentals that you would think guys would have when they get to a professional level."
Some players are mature, both on and off the court, like Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, but he's the exception.
Organizations aren't structured to handle the other players – or as Shaw calls them, "knuckleheads" – that are given millions and simply dropped into the lifestyle of professional sports. It isn't a favorable situation for the player nor the team.
Shaw wasn't able pinpoint a solution, but either way the one-and-done rule doesn't seem sensible on either front.