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The American Basketball Association and the Contributions it Made to Professional Basketball The American Basketball Association had a short and wild life yet it made great contributions to professional basketball It increased the level of talent changed the way the game was played and produced some of the greatest stars to ever play the game It also caused an increase in player salaries and turned pro basketball into a financial institution The ABA was a place for untapped talent to emerge Many players proved themselves in the ABA while the National Basketball Association rejected them This greatly increased the talent level throughout professional hoops At the same time of the creation of the ABA the NBA only had 120 players which meant that many worthy players were not getting the chance to play Sachare 178 With about 90 players in the ABA they got their chance The ABA started to draft college players to compete with the NBA Because both leagues wanted the best players the ABA made a rule which said that the draftee did not have to be a college graduate The NBA had a rule which said that the draftee must have graduated from college As a result many college stars began to go straight into the ABA before graduating One which did this was Moses Malone he was the first player to come straight out of high school into professional sports Pluto 435 This was a revolutionary event in the history of professional sports Now days most college stars go to the pros without graduating The ABA had a style of its own Newsweek once described them Sex drugs platform shoes sideburns slam dunks midnight franchise shifts million dollar deferred-payment player contracts the three-point shot Dr J Marvin Bad News Barnes LaVerne Jelly Tartand Pat Boone Pro sports the way they oughta be Pluto 465 They were the complete opposite of the NBA The NBA was traditional and boring
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