Originally Posted by PeteFitz
No it's not. Basketball is not a collision sport. Strength/Weight helps, but is not a prereq. No one is in danger of hurting themselves (physically) in the NBA do to Shaq's brutish strength. Football on the other hand does. That is why the three year wait. Because we all know, if the nfl could, they would draft a high schooler, if they thought he'd help. There is nothing out of bounds in the nfl.
Guys who come out of college are tiny too. Durant, Noah, Tyrus, Aldridge, to name a few. They all seem to do fine.
I am not talking about him getting hurt, I am talking about him getting dominated physically. He won't physically ready to contribute for 5+ years, if ever.
Guards, and Small forwards have an easier transition (Derrick Rose, Kobe), and can play at 19 or 20 because it is all about speed and quickness. Durant is a small forward. Tyrus is a small forward who didn't really contribute until this year. Noah is 24, and just started majorly contributing this year.
Once in a generation you get a guy like KG who can actually step in and play the low post at that age.
Don't get me wrong, the NBA is just protecting itself from their own idiot GM's who swear that they have found the next LeBron by making kids go to college for a year. This kid is circumventing the rules, and I commend him for being creaitve. I just think it will end badly.