For young, avid basketball players, knowing how to make it to the NBA is the ultimate goal. Wanting to make it to the NBA, however, is never enough. You have to have what it takes to make the NBA want you, or more specifically, make an NBA team want you. Here are some steps you can take to get to the NBA.
- First and foremost, you should already be a basketball player. Whether in high school or college, basketball needs to already be a big part of your life. You need to know the rules and regulations and the way games are organized and played, but more importantly, you need to be able to prove that you are not only good at the sport, but good at working as part of a team. Of all sports, the NBA has a high occurrence of one-man teams, where there may be other great players but all eyes are on that one player. That player needs to be able to remain a part of his team in order to prove his continued worth to the NBA.
- While many NBA teams have scouts that will attend high school basketball games, it is important to recognize that unless you are shining like LeBron James, you cannot rely on being scouted in order to make it to the NBA. You can, however, play your best and get as good at the sport as humanly possible. The NBA doesn't care how well you play with your friends on the street, they want visible and measurable results which you will get by playing in high school and college.
- The NBA Draft is ultimately where you will end up. If you are unable to enter the draft at 18 when high school ends, your best bet is to get into a college that has a basketball team, and the better that team is the better your chances. You need an environment that allows you to shine. Once you have played for a while in college, you can attempt to enter the Draft the following year.
- Sadly, there are no shortcuts to making it to the NBA. Hard work, effort, determination and maintaining hope will be what helps you get there.