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Top Nine Worst NBA "One and Dones"

It's almost a certainty that the first pick in June 26's NBA Draft will be a "one-and-done" player. Whether it's Kansas' Andrew Wiggins, Kentucky's Julius Randle, Duke's Jabari Parker, or even somehow Wiggins' fellow Jayhawk Joel Embiid, the first name called by commissioner Adam Silver should be a collegiate freshman.

Now, in theory, you can't knock the hustle there for whoever it is; current NBA rules state that players must be one season out of high school to be eligible for the draft, and if a player can get the fame, fortune, and hopefully success that comes with being a top pick, then why not?

In the recent "one-and-done" era, entering the draft as soon as eligible has worked for many players, with names like Rose, Irving, and Durant going from college freshmen to NBA elite in a jiffy. However, leaving so soon has also been a horrendous move for quite a few others - and as we recount with the nine below, not everyone can be a superstar, but some don't even get to be either half of that word.

  • ANTHONY BENNETT
    One season is probably too early to call Bennett a failed one-and-done, and you can't get any higher than the No. 1 pick, but considering that ol' Tony averaged just 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds on an awful Cavaliers team in 2013-14, we'd bet he wishes he left more than his heart in Las Vegas.
  • JARVARIS CRITTENTON
    The Lakers made Georgia Tech star Crittenton the No. 19 pick in 2007, but his NBA career turned out to be the real ramblin' wreck. Javaris played for three teams in two seasons, was suspended for being the other guy in the Gilbert Arenas gun scandal, and has since spent more time in court than on one.
  • MARQUIS TEAGUE
    You may recall Teague as one of the guys on the Nets' bench this season. Teague, though, may recall himself as a guy who'd rather have been playing a junior year at Kentucky, where he played more minutes and scored more points in 2011-12 than he has in two years in the NBA.
  • DANIEL ORTON
    Keeping with the UK theme we have Orton, who wasn't even a starter on the 2009-10 Wildcats but still decided to go pro. The result? So far, it's 51 games and 143 points in three NBA seasons with three teams…oh, and a whole lot of long bus rides in the D-League in between.
  • JOSH SELBY
    Apparently, Selby thought a subpar 2010-11 season at Kansas (7.9 PPG, 2.2 APG) was enough to launch him to NBA superstardom. So far, the No. 49 pick in the 2011 draft has as many stamps on his passport (with stops in China and Croatia) as seasons played in the NBA.
  • OMAR COOK
    Brooklyn-born Cook left early after taking St. John's by storm (pun intended) as a frosh in 2000-01. His 22-game NBA career was a passing shower, but he has since made it rain around the world, balling in seven different countries and earning Montenegrin citizenship so he could play for their national team.
  • HASSAN WHITESIDE
    After leading the nation with 5.4 blocks per game in his lone year at Marshall, Whiteside was the No. 33 overall pick in 2010. His NBA career lasted two seasons and 19 games (and 0.8 blocks per) before he was jettisoned to the D-League and eventually exiled to play in the basketball hotbed of Lebanon.
  • KEITH "TINY" GALLON
    At 6-foot-9 and 290pounds, Keith Gallon was far from Tiny, and he decided to go play with the big boys after averaging 10 and 8 at Oklahoma in 2009-10. Good idea in theory, but he never actually got there; Gallon was drafted by the Bucks, but has exactly zero minutes of NBA experience on his resume.
  • GREG ODEN
    Come on, you knew this was coming, right? After playing 23 games for the Heat this year, Oden has played 105 games and averaged 8.0 points and 6.2 boards per since being 2008's No. 1 pick. Not terrible, but this is just a reminder that the dude drafted right after him was the NBA's MVP this year.
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