If you were a superstar athlete and grew up playing high school basketball anytime after 1990, you probably didn?t have to play a ton of basketball outdoors and at your neighborhood park. That?s why some of today?s greats have holes in their games that players of yesteryear didn?t have. From coming up in a less coddled age, old school players learned to shoot on shoddy rims, withstand 90 degree temperatures and actually take it to the post.
Starting with Kevin Garnett, who led the comeback of the straight-out-of-high-school player, the ramification of the prep-to-pro (and one-and-done) pipeline is that the NBA is filled with players who've forgotten the lessons of the outdoor playground crucible. Here are a few players who could use a streetball refresher course and little less NBA coddling.