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At only nineteen years old, Cade Cunningham earned a $10.05 million salary to join the Detroit Pistons as the first overall pick in the 2021 National Baseball Association (the “NBA”) Draft. The remaining top ten picks also earned multi-million-dollar salaries at similarly young ages. With the potential to make millions in their early twenties, it is no wonder why thousands of high school-aged basketball players dream of playing in the NBA one day. In addition to the fierce competition and limited opportunities, there is one major hurdle that young players need to overcome to realize this dream: the NBA’s “one-and-done” rule.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo International & Comparative Law Review on October 19, 2022. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.

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