Brad Simmons

Rubio proves US should drop NBA age requirement

Posted June 8, 2009

The NBA draft is later this month and we all know Blake Griffin will be the number one overall pick. But the most intriguing pick this year will be teenage sensation Ricky Rubio from Spain.

Rubio made the world his stage with his play in the Olympics, helping lead Spain to the silver medal.

What makes this interesting is that Rubio is only 18 years old.

It’s funny how 18-year olds in the United States aren’t eligible to enter the NBA draft until they are a year removed from high school, and and unless they turn 19 during the calendar year of the draft - yet Rubio is in the mix for this year’s draft.

NBA rules concerning international players obviously differ from those of U.S. born players.

Rubio is eligible for the draft because in every country but the US,  teenagers as young as 15 play on their professional league's rosters, and with pro experience comes eligibility.

That means that Joe Player from Anytown High School USA has to wait a year before he is eligible just because he happens to live in United States.

Where’s the fairness in that?

The United States has always considered itself the gold standard in basketball, yet the NBA doesn’t feel that domestic 18-year olds are as good as international 18-year olds.

In the interest of fairness, the NBA should drop the age requirement rule and allow the future Kobe Bryants and Kevin Garnetts to take their place in the professional basketball world.

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