10 Biggest Draft Busts in NBA History

10) Jonny Flynn: 2009 Round 1 Pick 9  

I put Jonny Flynn on this list due to the fact that he was selected a pick before Stephen Curry. You have to blame the Timberwolves here, drafting two point guards (Ricky Rubio, Flynn) BACK TO BACK before Steph Curry was selected by the Warriors. They had two opportunities but passed up on him twice. I’m sure Minnesota would do things over if they could.

9) Jay Williams: 2002 Round 1 Pick 2

Jay Williams had a promising rookie season for the Chicago Bulls, averaging 9.5 points and 4.7 assists per game. He had the potential to be a star in the NBA, but before his sophomore season, he got into a motorcycle accident and never played in the NBA again.

8) Adam Morrison: 2006 Round 1 Pick 3

A huge name coming out of college, the Charlotte Bobcats were hoping Adam Morrison would be a success in the NBA like he was in college. He averaged 28.1 points per game in his junior year at Gonzaga, but that did not translate into the NBA. He averaged 7.5 points per game in his career and was Kobe’s water boy while riding the bench for the Lakers. But hey, he won two rings doing so. So I guess it must not have been that bad.

7) Anthony Bennett: 2013 Round 1 Pick 1

Nobody expected the Cleveland Cavaliers to draft Anthony Bennett with the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. Guys like Ben McLemore, Victor Oladipo, or Nerlens Noel were expected as first selections. Bennett had question marks surrounding him coming out of college. He was coming off an injury and was overweight at the time of the draft and by the start of the season. Since being drafted he has been on three different teams and has averages of 4.2 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in his NBA career.

6) Joe Alexander: 2008 Round 1 Pick 8

Joe Alexander is the definition of a bust. Selected 8th overall, he holds averages of 4.2 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in his NBA career. He only played 2 seasons in the NBA, 67 games in total. He was selected over big-name players like Brook Lopez, Serge Ibaka, and Nicolas Batum. His low career averages and short tenure in the NBA is what makes him one of the biggest busts in NBA history.

5) Kwame Brown: 2001 Round 1 Pick 1

Oh, Kwame. Even if you aren’t a fan of basketball you’ve heard of Kwame Brown. Selected by the Washington Wizards first overall in the 2001 NBA Draft to play alongside a returning Michael Jordan, Kwame did not live up to his expectations, to say the least. He played in the league for 12 seasons, playing for seven teams, and averaged 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds. Look up Stephen A. Smith ranting about Kwame Brown. That’s all you got to watch to understand why Kwame is a bust.

4) Greg Oden: 2007 Round 1 Pick 1

Greg Oden was so hyped up coming out of college. The big man out of Ohio State had the potential to be the next big thing but had a history of injuries. The Trailblazers took a chance on Oden, passing on Kevin Durant. Boy did Portland mess up here. Oden would only play 82 games in two seasons for Portland. His lingering injuries left him sidelined for years and would eventually be the reason why he isn’t playing in the NBA anymore.

3) Sam Bowie: 1984 Round 1 Pick 2

Sam Bowie wasn’t even a terrible NBA player. It’s the fact that he was selected one pick higher than MICHAEL FREAKING JORDAN. HE ALSO GOT SELECTED HIGHER THAN HALL OF FAMERS CHARLES BARKLEY AND JOHN STOCKTON. It doesn’t matter if he averaged 20 points a game in his career… HE WAS STILL DRAFTED HIGHER THAN MICHAEL JORDAN!!!

2) Hasheem Thabeet: 2009 Round 1 Pick 2

A 7’3 defensive phenom out of college, Hasheem Thabeet never panned out to what he was expected to be. In 7 seasons in the NBA, he holds career averages of 2.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks per game. He was selected before eventual NBA All-Stars James Harden, Stephen Curry, Demar Derozan, Jrue Holiday, and Jeff Teague.

1) Darko Milicic: 2003 Round 1 Pick 2

“Who the hell is Darko Milicic?” Said everybody after hearing his name called as the second overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. In a draft loaded with players with star potential like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade, Darko was a big question mark when he got drafted. The Pistons had a chance to draft a potential superstar but stuck to Darko Milicic. The 2003 draft is arguably one of the best draft classes in NBA history, but Darko is not the reason for that. Sure he won a championship as a member of the Pistons in 2004, but he was a benchwarmer, to say the least. But hey, at least he’s now living out his dream as a professional kickboxer.

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