Career Averages: 430 games played 11.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.4 APG
Picked Over: Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Danny Granger
This selection is more about the incompetence of the Atlanta Hawks for not drafting a Point Guard for the 1000th time then it is about Marvin Williams. Though I will say that Williams was certainly picked way too high for being a 6th man in College. His career has been average to the tee. He is a great role-player, but nothing more. Just imagine the Hawks and the success they could have had with Deron Williams or Chris Paul running the point. This pick held the Hawks back from joining the elite teams in the league.
Career Averages: 139 games played 2.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 0.3 APG
Picked Over: Andre Iguodala, Al Jefferson, Jameer Nelson
This one hits close to home. The bad stench of the “Hoffa” pick still stays with me as a Raptors fan. The pick was so terrible that some say former GM Rob Babcock was fired for making this atrocious selection. The only thing memorable about Araujo was his tattoo of a cartoon shark on his left arm. You know you’ve had an unmemorable career when your claim to fame is a lame tattoo on your arm. Why was he even selected in the first place? The team selected a better PF option in Chris Bosh the year prior. This was a waste of a pick.
Career Averages: 67 games played 4.2 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.7 APG
Picked Over: Brook Lopez, D.J Augustin, Roy Hibbert
The career of one Joe Alexander was all the more depressing because he was actually considered to be the best pure athlete coming out of the draft that year. Unfortunately, Joe never learned to play defense and was stuck riding the bench during stints with the Bucks, Bulls and Hornets. Usually a player who only has athletic ability and not fundamental Basketball skills (which he could have eventually had, but didn’t) isn’t picked as high as number 8. At least he was put out of his NBA misery. He now is playing for BC Krasnye Krylia in Russia.
Career Averages: 115 games played 2.3 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 0.9 BPG
Picked Over: Tyreke Evans, Stephen Curry, Brandon Jennings
Thabeet is still young, and can begin to rebuild his career next season with the Houston Rockets. But with the second pick, you probably should get a little more bang for your buck, don’t you think? He never really had an offensive game to begin with, and at his frame, his defensive skills from college were never really going to translate to the NBA game anyways. With Yao Ming gone forever, he may actually see some playing time.
Career Averages: 244 games played 4.5 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.4 APG
Picked Over: Brandon Roy, Rudy Gay, J.J Redick
As a 6’9 Center, Sheldon never really had a chance against other big men in the NBA. He was a good defensive player in College, winning the ACC Defensive Player of the Year on two occasions. That didn’t transfer to his NBA game at all. He was a big body on the court and that was it. At least he gets to go home to Candice Parker every night. Maybe their child will inherit some of her Basketball ability.
Career Averages: 82 games played 9.4 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 0.6 APG
Picked Over: Kevin Durant, Al Horford, Joakim Noah
There is a reason fans around the league call him “Mr Glass”. Greg Oden can’t stay healthy, period. He has missed 2 entire seasons and the equivalent of 1 more full season over the course of 2 years. He still has a chance to recover and salvage the remaining years of his career, but how much faith can you have in those knees? He will always be remembered not for his ability, but being selected before Kevin Durant.
Career Averages: 172 games played, 2.9 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.7 APG
Picked Over: Amare Stoudemire, Caron Butler, Tayshaun Prince
For a guy who only averaged 6 points a game over in Europe, he sure was drafted high in the NBA. If there was ever a book written on why drafting Europeans is always such a high-risk idea, Nikoloz would be gracing that cover. He must have been picked on potential because he certainly wasn’t picked on his performance before entering the league. Although the thing with potential is that sometimes you are entitled to live up to it. Tskitishvili never did.
Career Averages: 161 games played, 7.5 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.4 APG
Picked Over: Brandon Roy, Rudy Gay, J.J Redick
I can’t believe he was once called the second-coming of Larry Bird. He was a scoring machine while playing at Gonzaga University, but once he entered the league, his lack of athleticism, confidence and overall Basketball ability showed. There is a reason why he rode the bench on practically every team he played for. To be fair, Adam does have 2 NBA Championship rings. That’s more than Lebron James and Dwayne Wade have combined. I guess riding the bench of a Championship team has its advantages.
Career Averages: 576 games played, 6.8 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 0.9 APG
Picked Over: Tyson Chandler, Pau Gasol, Joe Johnson
Michael Jordan may be the greatest player in the leagues history, but he won’t be winning any accolades as an NBA executive anytime soon. As the first high-school player selected #1 overall, as well as being M.J’s first pet project, Kwame Brown never lived up to the expectations put on him by the team, and himself. He jumped from Washington to L.A, and then Memphis and Detroit before finding himself a steady starting position back with Michael Jordan in Charlotte. He has a history of feuding with fellow players, coaches, as well as having a piss-poor attitude on his own part. Brown is arguably the worst number 1 draft selection of all-time. That’s the distinction one would like to have on their resume.
and, the biggest draft bust of the last 10 years goes to…..
Career Averages: 438 games played 6.1 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.9 APG
Picked Over: Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade
All you have to do to know that Darko was a bust pick is look at the 3 guys that were picked right after him.
Let’s play a game, shall we? I will give you 5 names, and you tell me which name shouldn’t belong. Ready?
Lebron James, Darko Milicic, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade
Darko sticks out like a sore thumb. I still wonder why Detroit decided to pass on Anthony, Wade and Bosh in favor of a talent that not one American knew of before the draft with Darko. Sure, the franchise was winning at the time, and most likely didn’t want a player to come in and disrupt team chemistry. Although I do know that they would give an arm and a leg to have any of those 3 guys right now. Darko, you wouldn’t look nearly as bad if all of those now all-star, elite NBA players turned out to be duds like you — to bad that isn’t the case.