The ‘One-and-Done’ Rule Changed Basketball for a Generation

Was implementing the one-and-done rule the right decision? Or did the league go too far?

If you’re a fan of basketball, college or NBA, you have heard the phrase ‘One-and-Done’. One-and-Done is a rule in the NBA bylaws that requires players to be one year removed from high school graduation in order to enter the NBA Draft. The period of time since the implementation of this rule is often referred to as the “One-and-Done Era” of college basketball. Elite prospects go to college with the intention of only staying for the one year required to qualify for the NBA draft. This has changed basketball in both the NCAA and the NBA, as well as sent a handful of players overseas to play professionally for that year. How will this era be remembered? How has basketball changed over this generation as a result of One-and-Done players?

Afi and Kyle take a look back at the impact in the latest episode of Roll The Tape.

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Show Notes
  • Why did the NBA implement the rule? (3:50)
  • Confusing Eddy Curry for Brendan Haywood… sorry folks. (7:54)
  • Did the ‘One-and-done’ rule ruin college basketball? (14:58)
  • Has it made NBA Basketball better? (21:44)
  • How do other leagues compare? (26:55)
  • Changes in the NBA from the rule (30:54)
  • Thoughts on G League Elite Prospects contract (36:00)
  • Hot Take Corner (39:07)
Notable Mentions
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LeBron James | Kobe Bryant | Sebastian Telfair | David Stern | Adam Silver | Thon Maker | Jonathan Bender | Brandon Jennings

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