Future is now for high school draftees

Unique fraternity of high school-to-NBA players at the forefront of the playoffs, league

Originally Published: April 17, 2009
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

This season's NBA playoffs couldn't have a bigger high school theme if Zac Efron had a starring role.

This is the first time that each of the top four contending teams features a player drafted out of high school as the central figure: LeBron James on the Cavaliers, Kobe Bryant on the Lakers, Dwight Howard on the Magic and, by virtue of his potentially season-ending knee injury that could alter the playoffs, Kevin Garnett on the Celtics. These are the commencement exercises, the ...

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