Indeed, the age limit rule was introduced in the league’s 2005 collective bargaining agreement, but the first class it impacted departed high school in 2006. It included Greg Oden, Kevin Durant, Michael Conley and five other one-and-dones chosen among the first 21 picks in the 2007 draft.
There was no one-and-done rule in place for players who left high school the previous year, so nine young men who’d never played in college were chosen in 2005, including No. 6 overall pick Martell Webster and long-time pros Monta Ellis, C.J. Miles and Lou Williams.
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Through five games, there were scant answers. The Celtics lucked into one clunker from James, in Cleveland’s Game 3 loss. But here in Game 5, James was back to his dominant self, helping the Cavs close out Boston on its home floor with a 135-102 drubbing. For James, it was a typically brilliant stat line: 35 points, 13-for-18 shooting, 4 for 7 from the 3-point line, eight rebounds and eight assists.
James, who passed Michael Jordan on the list of all-time playoff scoring, played a nearly flawless game. He got to the basket at will, and took advantage of the Celtics’ lack of size, making nine out of his 10 shots at the rim. He made his four 3s, which means he took just one long 2-point shot on the night, a jumper from the right wing that he missed. Besides that, James had the kind of high-efficiency shooting chart that would make any analytics honcho drool.
Limited Womens Barry Bonds Jersey It left the Celtics unable to address the James question yet again. Forward Jae Crowder spoke for the past two weeks about having James run into a wall of defenders. But Boston was barely able to muster a chain-link fence.
It has to be a five-man effort, Crowder said. There’s not really one guy that can do that. At the same time, you have to do a good job with showing it early. You can’t wait until he gets in the paint and then try to build a wall. You’ve got to do it early.