NBA Age Rule: The History and How it Effects College Basketball

            After being named the 2003-04 National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Most Valuable Player, Kevin Garnett said, “I want to thank Spencer Haywood… for leading the way. Without Spencer Haywood there would be no Bill Wiloughby, Darryl Dawkins, Moses Malone or myself.” Since then, Garnett became an NBA Champion in 2008 and the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in the same year, made the All-Star team fifteen times and an All-NBA First Team selection four times. By the end of his career, Garnett will go on to make $343.3 million, the most in NBA history, all without going to college. After graduating from high school, Garnett decided to skip college and declare for the 1995 NBA Draft, a decision that he never would have been able to make if it were not for Spencer Haywood.

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