2014 NBA Draft: Top 10 Worst One & Done Basketball Players
June 3rd, 2014| by Lost Lettermen
10. Greg Oden (Ohio State, 2007)
The 2006 NBA Draft marked the first one requiring that high school players had to be one year removed from graduation and at least 19 years old to be eligible. Since then, “One and Done” has become a term synonymous with the cream of the college basketball crop destined for NBA success. But not in all cases. Check out the Top 10 Worst “One and Done” players based on their NBA careers.
To be fair, Oden’s failure hasn’t been his fault. The future was once so bright for a player who many thought would be the next Bill Russell. Instead, the No. 1 overall pick in 2007 has gone down as perhaps the most injury-plagued big man in NBA draft history.
At this point, the only thing we can do is ask “What if?” when assessing Oden, who was seemingly rounding into NBA form in 2009 (11.1 PPG, 8.5 RPG and 2.3 BPG in 21 games) before going down with a season-ending fracture to his left patella. He wouldn’t see any game action for another four years until this past January with the Miami Heat.
9. Marquis Teague (Kentucky, 2012)
Teague declared for the 2012 draft – along with the rest of the starting five from Kentucky’s NCAA title-winning team from that spring – despite still being a raw point guard prospect. Which explains why much of his first two pro seasons have been spent in the D-League.
Given a chance to break into the Nets’ backcourt rotation this past season, Teague was instead surpassed by D-League call-up Jorge Gutierrez.
8. Javaris Crittenton (Georgia Tech, 2007)
The No. 19 pick by the Lakers in ’07, Crittenton saw time in Los Angeles, Memphis and Washington before his January 2010 suspension for a now-infamous locker room confrontation involving him, Gilbert Arenas and guns.
Out of basketball completely since then, Crittenton has since been charged on 12 counts in conjunction with the August 2011 shooting death of a 22-year-old Atlanta woman and two counts of trafficking drugs.
7. Shawne Williams (Memphis, 2006)
Almost exclusively a benchwarmer for the duration of his NBA career, Williams – the 2006 Conference USA tournament MVP – peaked in 2010-2011 when he averaged a modest 7.1 PPG for the playoff-bound Knicks.
Perhaps spending an extra year (if not more) at Memphis would’ve prevented Williams’ legal missteps since he entered the league, as he’s been arrested three separate times on drug charges since 2007. Now 28 years old, Williams spent this past season shuttling back and forth between the Lakers and the D-League’s Los Angeles D-Fenders.
6. Daniel Orton (Kentucky, 2010)
Three of Kentucky’s four one-and-done players drafted in the first round in 2010 – PG John Wall, PF DeMarcus Cousins and SG Eric Bledsoe – have gone on to NBA success. Orton is the lone exception.
A reserve center on UK’s 2009-2010 team, Orton has spent the bulk of his professional career in the D-League, mixed in with cups of coffee in Orlando, Oklahoma City and Philadelphia. He averaged 11.3 PPG and 7.2 RPG this past season with the Maine Red Claws.
5. Josh Selby (Kansas, 2011)
A highly-touted prospect coming out of Baltimore, Selby’s lone year in Lawrence – derailed before it even began by a nine-game suspension to start the season – was an underwhelming one. Yet he declared for the 2011 draft anyway, getting picked 49th overall by the Grizzlies.
Thus far his NBA career consists of 38 games and a paltry 2.2 PPG. He’s spent much of the past three years in the D-League in addition to stops in China and a month-long stint in Croatia this past winter. He’s now a free agent.
4. Donte Greene (Syracuse, 2008)
Marooned on an awful Sacramento Kings team after going No. 28 overall in 2008, Green couldn’t find a way to make a statistical name for himself. In his best season in Sac-town, in 2009-2010, the Orange product averaged a modest 8.5 PPG and 3.1 RPG in 76 games (including 50 starts).
He spent 2013-2014 far from the hoops spotlight in China, where he averaged nearly 20 PPG for Dongguan New Century Leopards.
3. Grant Jerrett (Arizona, 2013)
Why Jerrett felt compelled to forego his final three seasons at Arizona after averaging just 5.2 PPG and 3.6 RPG as a freshman is beyond us. It only made sense that he spent almost the entirety of the 2013-2014 season with the D-League’s Tulsa 66ers.
Will earning Second Team D-League All-Rookie honors serve as a confidence boost for the former Wildcat to take some semblance of a step toward becoming an NBA-caliber center?
2. Hassan Whiteside (Marshall, 2010)
It’s easy to forget about Whiteside, who averaged a nation-leading 5.4 BPG for the Thundering Herd in 2009-2010 before the Kings selected him 33rd overall. Injuries and ineffectiveness limited him to just 19 games over two seasons with Sacramento, who waived him at the end of his second NBA season.
He’s been dominant in both China (where he led Sichuan to the 2013 league title) and Lebanon (leading Al Moutahed in rebounding in 2013-2014) but is now a pro basketball free agent after being waived in April.
1. Tiny Gallon (Oklahoma, 2010)
Gallon was lucky not to go undrafted after he was indefinitely suspended from the Sooners for purported improper contact with an agent prior to the 2009-2010 season, going No. 47 overall to the Bucks.
They waived him before the 2010-2011 NBA season even began. As did the Celtics after Gallon was with them for just three days. In fact, Gallon – the leading scorer during the 2009 McDonald’s All-America game – has yet to play in the NBA (although he did average 18.9 PPG with the D-League’s Delaware 87ers this year).