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The NBA draft is sports most anticipated night. It’s a night, like many nights, that has changed the face of a basketball franchise forever. Everyone remembers back to when Magic Johnson and Larry Bird were drafted, Shaq and Kobe, and of course – the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan. Players like these transformed teams from chumps to champs. But, then there’s also been drafts where some players selected high in the draft did the opposite that ended up tanking a team and ruining a franchise. So check out the biggest draft busts in the history of the NBA.
When you’re 7’5”, you’re expected to be half decent. But Shawn here wasn’t even a third decent. The guy couldn’t block, rebound, or even dunk. All anyone remembers of this 2nd overall pick is when Tracy McGrady dunked right over his lanky face.
Can you believe Greg Oden (aka: Greg Broken because of his career ending injuries that happen when he was still in college), was selected 1st overall by the Portland Trail Blazers, ahead of Kevin Durant no less?!
Kwame Brown is considered perhaps the biggest 1st overall pick bust of all time. He’s 7’1” with hands smaller than yours or mine, and couldn’t shoot a basketball into the ocean. Surprising that it was actually Michael Jordan who drafted him when he was part owner of the Wizards.
This man’s name is tougher than his game. MO was selected 1st overall by the Clippers in the 1998 draft for his size. But it quickly became apparent that he couldn’t even post up a pylon.
Adam’s game is college was quite impressive. So impressive in fact, that the Charlotte Hornets drafted him 3rd back in the 2006. Unfortunately his college game never translated to the pros, making Adam even a subpar bench warmer.
Todd Fuller, drafted 11th overall in the 96 draft by Golden State (ahead of Kobe Bryant no less) was such a bust, we had to use this picture of some other Todd Fuller we found on Google because the actual Todd Fuller’s game was so forgettable.
This one’s more sad than it does suck. Jay Williams was a standout phenom in college, and had serious pro-game. That’s why the Bulls selected him 2nd overall in the 2002 draft. Unfortunately, Jason had a thing for motorcycles, and suffered a career-ending injury on his during his rookie season.
More shaved bear than human, Bryant “Big Country” Reeves was taken 6th overall by the then Vancouver Grizzlies. He was so crap, that the Grizzlies don’t even exist as a team anymore – mainly because of him.
This baller was the only player in high school to score 100 points in a single game. With skills like that, it’s no surprise that we was selected 6th overall by the Cavs in the 2002 draft. What is surprising is that he was only able to score about 9 points (on average) in the pros.
Last, but definitely least, Sam Bowie. The tall, lanky, braces wearing injury-prone scrub was selected 2nd overall in the 1984 draft by the Portland Trailblazers. The 3rd pick went to Chicago, who selected just some regular guy named Michael Jordan.