The one-and-done rule is the law of the basketball land, but CBS Sports college basketball analyst Pete Gillen wants that to change. Consider: seven of the 10 starters for the Lakers and Suns would still have college eligibility if they had not entered the NBA Draft.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the Suns (21-44) and Lakers (20-45) are the two worst teams in the Western Conference.
How has the one-and-done rule affected college basketball and the NBA?
“I think it’s hurt both,” Gillen said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “It’s certainly hurt the college game because you had some great players you’re looking forward to watching for a couple of years, and they’re gone. Then you got new guys you got to try to train and work in. It hurts the pros, too. These young men are getting a lot of money and all of a sudden they come in there, a lot of them can’t handle it. They’re not quiet ready physically to play. Some are, but most of them aren’t. So I think it’s hurt both.”
The Lakers beat the Suns, 122-110, in Phoenix on Thursday. D’Angelo Russell, 21, Brandon Ingram, 19, Julius Randle, 22, combined to score 55 points for Los Angeles. Devin Booker, 20, and Marquese Chriss, 19, led Phoenix with 23 and 18 points, respectively.
“It’s all about money,” Gillen said, “and the NBA Players Association, they control it. They (could) say, ‘Hey, players got to stay for a couple years, two or three years, just like in baseball.’ You got to stay three years after you graduate from high school before you can go into professional baseball. I’d love to see that happen. I don’t know if it will. I don’t think (it will) for a while. But it hurts both. I’d love to see players have to stay for three years.”