The NBA has implemented its one and done rule since the 2006 draft. That rule ensures that a potential prospect must at least complete one year in college before heading to the pros. Athletes used to be able to go straight from high school (LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard), but that isn’t the case anymore. Since 2006, there’s been some incredible talent that could have started playing right after high school, but rules are rules. Here are the best players to have spent one year in college.
Simmons, The Australian Product
The Australian product who attended LSU created a ton of hype around his name during the 2015-16 college season. Ben Simmons started to get comparisons to LeBron James and Magic Johnson thanks to his stellar vision and height (6’8″).
The point guard averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 4.8 assists for the LSU Tigers. The team might’ve missed the NCAA Tournament, but that didn’t stop Simmons from going number one overall. He’s currently one of the best in the league, playing for the Philadelphia 76ers.