NBA Player Outcomes Following the Implementation of the ‘One-and-Done’ Rule: Do Top Players Really Benefit from Attending College First?

20 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2019

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Richard C. K. Burdekin

Claremont McKenna College - Robert Day School of Economics and Finance

Cameron Van

University of California, Davis, School of Law, Students

Date Written: February 20, 2019

Abstract

Following the NBA’s 2006 ‘one-and-done’ rule, players have to be at least one year out of high school before being eligible for the annual draft. This study finds that, whereas an array of NBA player performance measures, often referred to as ‘advanced statistics,’ are strongly significant in explaining both minutes per game and draft order, there is no support for any additional impact on playing time associated with college basketball experience. Although those attending a top college basketball program do appear to get an extra boost in draft order, even after controlling for performance, there is otherwise no evidence that attending college confers any significant advantage for the players themselves.

Keywords: NBA, one-and-done rule, college basketball, advanced statistics

JEL Classification: J40, J30

Suggested Citation

Burdekin, Richard C. K. and Van, Cameron, NBA Player Outcomes Following the Implementation of the ‘One-and-Done’ Rule: Do Top Players Really Benefit from Attending College First? (February 20, 2019). Journal of Sports Economics and Management (Forthcoming); Claremont McKenna College Robert Day School of Economics and Finance Research Paper No. 3338725. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3338725

Richard C. K. Burdekin (Contact Author)

Claremont McKenna College - Robert Day School of Economics and Finance ( email )

500 E. Ninth Street
Claremont, CA 91711
United States

Cameron Van

University of California, Davis, School of Law, Students ( email )

Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall
Davis, CA 95616
United States

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