Mark Cuban Is Right, NBA D-League Better Than NCAA

By Shane Phillips
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Mark Cuban was busy running his mouth once again, and of course someone was there to capture it all, but this time, the billionaire might have actually made a fantastic and truthful point — the NBA Development League is better than NCAA Men’s Basketball. Now, with March Madness right around the corner, this might anger all you gambling addicted, bracket dependent fools, but he is right. Ever since the NBA and NCAA made the infamous “One-and-Done” rule, both the level of competition in college basketball and the draft have seen a significant dip. Shouldn’t there be a logical explanation for all of this?

“A major college has to pretend that they’re treating them like a student-athlete, and it’s a big lie and we all know it’s a big lie,” said Cuban of the “One-and-Done” Rule. Frankly, he’s right. The “One-and-Done” rule was not put in place for the betterment of the individual; it was put in place for the NCAA to continue to make money. Players can no longer go straight out of college because the rule states that the player must be at least 19 years of age and be one year removed from high school. That leaves many with no choice but to go to college for a year, waste their time, the university’s time, and scholarship money while the NCAA profits.

“There’s absolutely no reason for the kid to go [to college], because he’s not going to class,” Cuban continued to bad mouth the NCAA.  And there isn’t! If a kid knows he has to get through five months and then the riches will come pouring in, he isn’t going to do anything he doesn’t have to. College is meant to further educate an individual’s mind, not exploit the talent of young individuals.

So, why shouldn’t young players bypass the corrupt college path and go straight into the Development League? It makes sense because the competition would be better and the coaches more adequate for the professional game. Instead of these young kids playing against 90 percent scrubs and 10 percent talent while there is no supervision away from the court, they would face only competition capable of making it to the professional level. Not only would it make the player better prepared for the professional level skill-wise, but it would also better prepare him mentally, a big problem that many young players face when making the transition.

Cuban might be an outspoken, arrogant and annoying owner, but once and a while, he makes a valid point. This is one of those moments and I hope more high power executives and owners jump abroad Cuban’s bandwagon. It is time to stop letting the NCAA be a hypocrite and time to return the prestige  that once graced our nation’s universities, because greed has overrun our collegiate systems. The youth are not tools used to make money, they are tools used to shape the future. It is about time someone with a big name called out the NCAA, because the hypocrisy has gotten out of control. An 18 year old can join the military and gain the right to kill, but he can’t play basketball for money.

It’s high time we put an end to this travesty called college basketball and the “One-and-Done” Rule.

Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for Follow Shane on Twitter @ShaneRantSports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also email Shane at

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