Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Top 10 NBA Draft Busts: 2000-2009...

Time to look back at some of the worst choices of the decade on draft nite...

(in order)

1. Darko Miličić

2nd pick overall in the 2003 draft behind LeBron James. The following players went 3rd, 4th and 5th: Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Enough said.

2. Kwame Brown

By 2001, the risk of taking a high school-to-NBA guy in the lottery had paid off big for the Timberwolves and the Lakers (KG and Kobe Bryant), so why NOT take a 6'11" high schooler with the 1st pick in the 2001 NBA Draft? Michael Jordan is still attempting to answer that question.

3. Eddy Curry

The Bulls decided that Eddy Curry was their man in 2001, taking him with the 4th pick overall. Curry was straight out of high school and the Bulls were banking on his future potential. I wonder if the Bulls would do this over and take Tony Parker (taken 24 picks later in the '01 Draft) instead?

4. Darius Miles

The Los Angeles Clippers selected the super skinny, 6'11" Darius Miles with the 3rd pick in the 2000 Draft. With stints on the three other teams, Miles is now the cautionary tale for avoiding draft nite decisions that turn out just like this one did.

5. Shaun Livingston

The Clippers strike again! Livingston has only proven one thing since being drafted 4th overall in 2004: he really, really knows how to get injured.

6. Greg Oden

Remember back in 2007: Odom or Durant? Which one would it be? Well, one microfracture surgery on his right knee and one fractured patella in the left knee... I would have taken Durant instead with that #1 overall pick.

7. Yao Ming

Yao Ming is not good. Please do not attempt to change my stance on that.

8. Adam Morrison

I think the Charlotte Bobcats thought they were supposed to be drafting a "college all-stars that will eventually prove to not be worth a fuck" superteam...and they added another piece in Morrison with the 3rd pick in the 2006 Draft. Dear Bobcats, how is Brandon Roy looking now?

9. Andrea Bargnani

I'm not saying that Bargnani is horrible by any means, but was he really worth the 1st pick in the 2006 Draft?

10. T.J. Ford

"With the 8th pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, the Milwaukee Bucks select... a point guard who will eventually be forgotten by everyone except his family".

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