I mean true, but I feel as though that our culture could help minimize the amount of overhyped players by making them prove themselves on a professional level before entering the NBA.
An ideal situation for me would be to allow players to make the jump from high school to the pros, but for teams to use their own judgement on whether or not to send that player to the D League. That way, we can get a better look at how this player looks consistently against pro level talent. I also feel that in general, the NBA should do a much better job of embracing the D League and putting it to use. I wouldn't want it to rival the NBA, but it would benefit a lot of teams if the d league was more publicized, on a wider scale, and overall just was presented as the NBA's little brother that it cared for, not just some adopted little brother that is forgotten most of the time.
By embracing the D league more, it would improve its reputation and take away it's stigma to a degree, making it easier to send younger players straight to the d league (whether they are coming from HS or college) whom teams feel are not presently ready to contribute at an NBA level.
i think the NBA does embrace the D league very well. but all the publicity in the world isn't going to make it even close to being attractive as the NBA. the casual fan is going to pick the NBA over the d league 10/10 times off of the talent aspect alone.
IMO, the best possible scenario for the D league is if last year's graduating HS class opted for the D league instead of college. if they were NBA FA's playing in the D league with the hype surrounding them, people would watch. but of course the system isn't set up that way