"I wouldn't say I regret anything. I would say I just wish I did things better ... I'm still trying to figure out my life. Since I've been in fourth grade, all I've known was basketball. I'm just trying to better myself and work on my degree and set something up for the future of my family." -- Greg Oden, the top pick from the 2007 NBA Draft.
Well, Oden may not regret anything, but the Portland Trail Blazers certainly do after taking the Ohio State freshman over Kevin Durant. Luckily for the Portland Trail Blazers, many of their NBA counterparts have made terrible draft choices since 2000; it's usually the same results - foreign players were taken when there was no guarantee they were coming overseas or teams reached on project players - but there were some players who simply couldn't adapt to the NBA.
Today, we're going to look at some of the worst draft choices over the past 17 years and doing our best to find out where they are now. Are they overseas? Have they gone into broadcasting or coaching? Are they even alive? As with our other draft articles, players from the 2014 NBA Draft and so on are not included because it's way to early, though Anthony Bennett is here from the 2013 NBA Draft.
Grab your classic versions of NBA Live and NBA 2K because it's time to see just how badly some of these teams fared in the draft.
30 Atlanta Hawks: Shelden Williams (Pro Scout)
We start our list off with former Duke star Shelden Williams, who joined the Atlanta Hawks after being drafted with the fifth overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. Though the pick made sense at the time with the Hawks trying to build a core of Josh Smith, Marvin Williams, and a third player - that, obviously, they hoped would become Williams - the former All-American spent a season and a half with the Hawks before being dealt to Sacramento in the 2008 Mike Bibby trade.
After playing overseas from 2012-15, Williams - who once was teammates with Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves outfielder Matt Kemp in high school - joined with the Brooklyn Nets as a pro scout. In his final NBA season, as only tortured Nets fans will remember, Williams spent time with the then-New Jersey Nets...so his homecoming is better than Spider-Man's.
29 Boston Celtics: Joseph Forte (Foreign Basketball Journeyman)
Did you remember the Celtics using the 21st overall pick in 2001 on Joseph Forte? Who even is Joseph Forte, you ask? The 2001 ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year, Forte was taken before Tony Parker (WELP) and Gilbert Arenas (still a welp) in that year's NBA Draft and only spent two seasons in the NBA. If you feel bad for Forte, you're not alone because he certainly had the potential to succeed, but could never get it going when the Celtics tried making him into a point guard.
For years, though, Forte overcame his NBA struggles to enjoy a successful overseas career, playing everywhere from Russia to Greece to even Iran. Forte's last basketball minutes came in 2015 with Maccabi Tel Aviv, which currently employs former Milwaukee Bucks first-rounder Joe Alexander.
28 Brooklyn (New Jersey) Nets: Sean Williams (Free Agent)
Affectionately referred to as 'Area 51' by YES Network broadcaster Ian Eagle, Sean Williams was seen as a steal when the Nets selected him with the 17th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft out of Boston College. In 73 games during his rookie year, Williams displayed flashes of brilliance, averaging 5.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game in 17.5 minutes per night. However, Williams failed to make a lasting impact the next two seasons and was released by the Nets in early January 2010.
Williams would later spend NBA time with the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics, but has mainly been an overseas player since 2012. Earlier this year, Williams played with the GlobalPort Batang Pier for the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup, but was replaced after three games. Will we see Area 51 in the NBA again? Probably not.
27 Chicago Bulls: Jay Williams (ESPN Analyst)
Many of you will disagree with this pick and I understand. But, I direct you to the same reasoning I used when I recently called Williams a bust.
He did in fact have success in his rookie season back in 2002-03 when he averaged 9.5 points per night and shot .399 from the field. Things looked promising for Williams, until he got in a motorcycle accident without wearing a helmet. Oh, and he didn't have a license.
It was a stupid mistake for Williams to risk his career all for a motorcycle ride. Today Williams is up on ESPN and has had a successful career as an analyst, but there's not a day that goes by where he doesn't regret neglecting to wear a helmet.
And here, the same thing applies! Don’t ride motorcycles without helmets and proper licensing, kids.
26 Cleveland Cavaliers: Anthony Bennett (Free Agent)
Really, I shouldn’t even need to describe this one with how recent it is. We can give the Cleveland Cavaliers as much crap as we are right now for questionable front office decisions - why would you let David Griffin go??? - and upsetting the man who returned home after the owner tried turning him into a monster, but the Cavs using the first overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft on a project in Anthony Bennett? It’s hard to forgive that.
Unlike the majority of other players on this list, we knew Bennett was going to come in and be a bust. As part of the headlines one would see when starting a franchise/MyGM in NBA 2K14, there was a picture of Bennet saying “I can contribute.” If ‘contributing’ is the high level one should expect from a number one pick, then you know you’re in trouble. Bennett was last seen in the NBA with the Brooklyn Nets, though his presence as a big body should warrant a camp invite this fall.
25 Charlotte Hornets: Adam Morrison (College Graduate)
If you thought I was laughing hysterically in that first NBA Draft busts article, I’ve thankfully lowered that down to some chuckles and smirks. Fully blaming Adam Morrison for being a draft bust, as I’ve argued in the past, is unfair because he did battle injuries and make a genuine attempt to come back; this wasn’t a case of a guy getting hurt, being lacy, and collecting paychecks. And, because this was before social media, this wasn’t the case of a guy who had battled injuries for his entire career refusing to grow up.
This pick was on Michael Jordan, who at least has gotten better with his draft picks and basketball management. Still, Morrison has enjoyed a productive retirement, actually going back to Gonzaga, getting his degree in Sports Management, and living the family life. Congrats, Adam!
24 Dallas Mavericks: Maurice Ager (Music Producer)
Honestly, there’s not many choices for this list because the Mavericks very rarely hold onto their first-round picks, so Ager is the pick here...no pun intended. Judging a player who only spent a season and a half and 44 games with the Mavericks is admittedly unfair, especially given that he spent a fair chunk of his time in the D-League, and I don't really view him as a bust. But, the 28th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft makes the list. Sorry, Mo.
At least Ager, traded to the Nets in the Jason Kidd trade, has flourished as a music producer in retirement. Nominated for a Grammy for the song ‘Far From Home’, Ager is the Founder, President and lead producer of Moe Ager Productions (M.A.P.). Given how many athletes have tried going into the music industry and failed, Ager deserves some praise for succeeding as well as he has.
23 Denver Nuggets: Nikoloz Tskitishvili (Al Manama)
Who? If you don't remember this Soviet Union-born big man, we don't blame you - even if he was the fifth overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft over players that included Nene, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Caron Butler. In three seasons with the Nuggets, Tskitishvili only started 16 of a possible 143 games - all 16 of those coming in his rookie campaign, by the way - and never averaging more than 3.9 points per game on higher than .328 shooting from the line. Woof.
Though Tskitishvili has spent the majority of his time since 2005-06 (his final NBA season with the Phoenix Suns) playing overseas, he did attempt an NBA comeback in 2015 with the Los Angeles Clippers. Given that the ‘where is he now’ part currently has him playing for Al Manama in Bahrain, I guess we know how that turned out. Now, onto someone a bit more recognizable...
22 Detroit Pistons: Darko Miličić (Serbian farmer)
Who wants to taunt the Pistons fans again? Well, we all know how Darko’s career went on the court so there’s no use beating a dead horse, but how is he in retirement? Earlier this year, the second overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft talked about his current job: farming in Serbia.
"I’ve gained 90 pounds since I stopped playing, I’m at 350 right now. I’m working on my farm and enjoying that kind of production. I take walks through my fields and watch the process, which makes me really happy. I’m still pretty inexperienced at this so I like to learn, seek guidance, go to seminars. I’ve created my own peace of mind and I’m enjoying it. … My whole approach since coming to the US was just wrong. I could say I was too young back then, but I chose to go there myself and I obviously wasn’t prepared for what the league would require from me.”
Yeah, we’re glad we didn’t take this time to mock Darko.
21 Golden State Warriors: Patrick O’Bryant (Fubon Braves)
Rather than letting me explain what went wrong with former ninth overall pick Patrick O’Bryant, I’ll let then-Warriors coach Don Nelson do it.
"I told him if he goes down to the D-League and isn't a dominant player, there should be red flags all over the place, and he should be the first to notice. He's not only not dominating, he's not playing very well. He's a long-term project. I really liked him the first week of training camp, but I assumed there would be great progress. [...] He hasn't gotten better one bit.
Harsh words? Perhaps - and if you’re a Golden State Warriors who remembers either Patrick O’Bryant or Don Nelson, good on you. Since 2010, O'Bryant has been playing overseas, joining Taiwan's Fubon Braves earlier this year. At only 31 years old, we could realistically see O'Bryant return to the NBA one day...
20 Houston Rockets: Royce White (London Lightning)
Like with Dallas, Houston doesn’t have many options to pick from and honestly, I hate putting Royce White down here because he’s not to blame for his anxiety. There were a lot of people who, unfortunately, gave White and the Rockets a lot of crap because he wouldn’t ‘man up’ or ‘tough his anxiety of flying out’ now that he was in the NBA. Come on, guys...and to think that this was only five years ago is even more depressing.
But, because White never played for the Rockets and only debuted in 2014 with the Sacramento Kings, we're putting him on this list. Now with the London Lightning, White is dominating in Canada, winning the NBL Canada MVP this past season and helping the Lightning to their third championship since 2011. Everyone with anxiety is useless, right?
19 Indiana Pacers: David Harrison (Stock Trader)
We've talked a bit about David Harrison here on The Sportster for his infamous stint at McDonald's in 2013, so it's easy to forget the former TSSAA Division 2 Mr. Basketball star from Tennessee's Brentwood Academy was a first-round pick in 2004 by the Indiana Pacers. And yes, the Pacers have been fairly consistent with developing first-round players - the ones they hold on to, at least - so Harrison is the pick here. Though Harrison had a strong rookie season, averaging 6.1 points and 1.3 blocks per game in 43 games, he struggled over the next four seasons and was out of the NBA by the fall of 2008.
Following his time at McDonald's, Harrison turned to trading stocks as a form of income while living the family life in Indianapolis. It's not the most luxurious life after a series of bad decisions, but it's better than nothing...
18 Los Angeles Clippers: Yaroslav Korolev (Retired Foreign Player)
Who? The 12th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, Yaroslav Korolev is one of those foreign players who, rather than delaying their NBA career for a few years to continue playing overseas and then making the trip stateside, came to the states for a few years and left. For Korolev, it was spending the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, playing in 34 games, and then returning to Russia.
Well, Korolev certainly got his money's worth overseas, playing everywhere from Russia to Spain to Greece; and, for a time, Korolev did return to the states to play in the NBA Development League with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds and Reno Bighorns during the 2009-10 season. Now, Korolev is retired for the time being, but we're not ruling out a comeback as he's only 30.
17 Los Angeles Lakers: Javaris Crittenton (Prison)
It's hard to forget Javaris Crittenton, best known for his participation in the Washington Wizards' 'GunGate' scandal in the 2009-10 season, but it is easy to forget he played for the Los Angeles Lakers. Yes, Crittenton spent a half season with the Lake Show in 2007 before being traded to the Memphis Grizlies as part of the Pau Gasol trade. After Memphis, Crittenton went to Washington and...well, we know what happened from there.
In 2015, the former 19th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft was sentenced to 23 years in prison for the 2011 killing of Julian Jones, a 22-year old mother of four. Prosecutors said Crittenton accidently killed Jones...during a drive-by intended for someone else.
"I apologize from the depths of my heart," Crittenton said during the trial. "I'm not a murderer. I made a mistake, one that I wish I could take back."
16 Memphis Grizzlies: Hasheem Thabeet (Attempting An NBA Comeback)
The last we heard from Hasheem Thabeet in the NBA, he was getting major minutes for the Oklahoma City Thunder - back before Kevin Durant went ring chasing...we kid, KD - and playing a major impact in the locker room. As for the last time we saw Thabeet doing anything stateside, he was with the NBA D-League's Grand Rapids Drive team, though a stint in the Phillipines has him thinking there's another chance for him in the association. Here's what he told The Philippine Star's Joaquin Henson in February 2017:
"This was about growth. I learned about the values of rest, diet, dedication and sacrifice. I accepted humiliation. I challenged myself to go as far as I could. Then, I had workouts with Washington, Los Angeles (Lakers) and New York. I know Steph didn’t get to where he is without working hard and sacrificing. Someday, an NBA team will come calling, a team that needs a rim protector to be a big piece in the rotation. Vince Carter is 40 and he’s still playing. Dwyane Wade is 35 and he’s still playing. I’m turning 30 and I know I can still play in the NBA."
15 Miami Heat: Wayne Simien (Minister)
It's funny to think about how few first-round picks the Miami Heat have really had since 2000 - and no, we're not putting Michael Beasley on this list - but, while some of these options will be fairly funny, Wayne Simien's is serious and heartwarming. The 29th overal section of the 2005 NBA Draft, Simien won a title with the Heat in 2006 and retired in the spring of 2009 to become a minister. I'll let him and his wife, Katie, tell you their story:
"Wayne and Katie both had their lives significantly impacted on the college campus. While at the University of Kansas, Wayne came to a faith in Jesus when campus ministers reached out to him. Katie grew up in a Christian home, but her faith was ignited when a campus ministry helped her to grow in knowledge and love for the Lord at Florida State University.
"Now, they have a passion to see others experience the freedom that comes from a life lived for Christ. Together, with their five kids – Selah, Rael, Simon, Shepherd and Emmaus, they open their hearts and home to see the next generation reached, equipped and sent out to engage the culture with God's kingdom."
Good for them!
14 Milwaukee Bucks: Joe Alexnader (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
Really, this was one of the tougher choices on here because there have been MAJOR draft mistakes the Milwaukee Bucks have made: Marcus Haislip, the 14th overall pick in 2002, and Joe Alexander, the eighth overall pick in 2008. Given that Alexander only played one season for the Bucks after they gave up on him, he's the pick here - and based on what he told Basketball Insiders in 2015 about the organization, those wounds are likely still fresh.
"Obviously the No. 8 pick is expected to have an illustrious and longer NBA career than I’ve had, so that’s fine, but I think that Milwaukee should certainly share that [bust] label. They contributed heavily to it. Heavily. For the Bucks to pull the plug on me, I thought, was dramatically irresponsible on their part. What it did was label me as some sort of a problem player. It made everyone in the league look at me different when 12 months before any team would’ve died to have me."
At least Alexander has carved out a nice international career for himself, now dominating with Maccabi Tel Aviv. Take that, Milwaukee!
13 Minnesota Timberwolves: Ndudi Ebi (Shahrdari Tabriz)
Do you remember the London-born Nbudi Ebi? If not, we're happy to remind you because we GUARANTEE at least 90 percent of you forgot the 26th overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. For a bit of background information, the T-Wolves had to forfeit three first-round picks after illegally making a deal with forward Joe Smith - not the Joe Smith who's relieved for several MLB teams - and Ebi was the first pick since that punishment (originally five first-rounders) was handed down. Ebi played in 19 games in two seasons with the T-Wolves and, after they were unable to send him to the D-League, released him in November 2005.
Since 2007, Ebi has been traveling the world, playing everywhere from LeBanon to Israel to Iran. If you can't make it in the NBA, you can make it overseas!
12 New York Knicks: Michael Sweetney (Mental Health Advocate/BIG3)
Another player we've previously discussed on The Sportster, Michael Sweetney averaged 7.0 points and 4.8 in 16.8 minutes per night with the Knicks from 2003-05 before being dealt to Chicago in the Eddy Curry deal. Battling depression both before and after leaving the Knicks, Sweetney contemplated suicide, played overseas, and is now back stateside as a motivational speaker AND a member of the BIG3.
And while veryone will focus on his weight, let's talk about his motivational speaking, which Sweetney discussed earlier this year with the New York Daily News.
"It's been fulfilling. That's the right word to say, it's been fulfilling just to know that I had the courage to go out there and say it and not know what was going to happen, and it's been great going out and talking to a lot of these kids because a lot of kids suffer more than anybody else. Just to kind of share my story and how I lost my NBA career because of it and just letting them know not to work on trying to hide it, but bring light into the situation."
11 New Orleans Pelicans: Cedric Simmons (BC Kalev/Cramo)
The 15th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, Simmons was seemingly everywhere in his first five professional seasons. We're not kidding: Simmons spent a season in New Orleans before being traded to Cleveland in September 2007, where he'd split time with the Cavaliers and the Grande Valley Vipers before being included in the Ben Wallace/Drew Gooden/Larry Hughes trade in February 2008; the following year, Simmons was traded to the Sacramento Kings, along with Gooden, for Brad Miller. Then, Simmons played for the D-League's Idaho Stampede, went to China and played with the Dongguan Legends, and finished the 2009-10 league year with Kavala of the Greek League...
...that's a lot of travel.
Now, Simmons is with Kalev/Cramo, though we're not ruling out an NBA comeback at only 31 years old. These guys are still young enough to warrant a tryout, especially for a rebuilding team.
10 Oklahoma City Thunder: Robert Swift (Recovering Drug Addict)
Now this is a hell of a story, so I'm going to direct you to the feature Sports Illustrated did on Swift in September 2016. One of the more recent and forgotten busts in NBA history, Swift refused to vacate a foreclosed home in 2013 - one left with animal feces, guns, bullets, and more - and was arrested in January 2015 for involvement in an armed home invasion attempt, two months after being charged with unlawful possession of a shotgun. Here's Swift, who played four seasons with the Sonics/Thunder from 2004-09 after being the 12th overall pick in 2004. on his journey back.
“I was lost, angry, scared. I had no goals. I was living literally minute-by-minute. And now, I’m absolutely goal-oriented, I have a long-term plan, I know what I want to do. I know what the next step is. Every decision is based off, ‘Is this going to get me to the next step?’ I do very few instant-gratification things. ... If me of all people can make it back, I know other people can.”
9 Orlando Magic: Fran Vázquez (Still Playing Overseas)
Is it fair to call Vázquez, the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, a bust when he's yet to play an NBA game? Yes, it is! playing in the Spanish ACB League at the time, Vázquez stunned the Magic and their fans by saying he'd remain overseas for a bt instead of joining a rising team that already featured Dwight Howard. To this day, Vázquez has never played in the NBA, spending most of his overseas career with FC Barcelona from 2006-12 and Unicaja from 2012-16.
Now, Vázquez is with Iberostar Tenerife, though Magic fans remain frustrated that he's likely never coming to America. Given that they could have had Danny Granger, Gerald Green, Nate Robinson, or David Lee instead... sorry, Magic fans. You took a risk and it bombed.
8 Philadelphia 76ers: Michael Carter-Williams (Charlotte Hornets)
Honestly, we contemplated skipping this option because when the Philadelphia 76ers hang onto their first-round picks, most of them have turned out to be solid players; Samuel Dalembert was an anchor in the frontcourt for a decade, Thaddeus Young was a major contributor to playoff teams, and Joel Embiid...well, we're waiting to see what the verdict is on him. Truthfully, he really could have been the pick here, but we're instead going with the man supposed to be his point guard: Michael Carter-Williams.
In MCW's defense, he wasn't a bust or a player that ditched town; he winds up on this list because the Sixers used a first-rounder on him and traded Jrue Holiday, then coming off an All-Star appearance, to seemingly make him their point guard of the future...and traded him to Milwakuee the next season. Why? This was, I'll repeat, your franchise point guard after TRADING your previous franchise point guard!
After a stint with the Chicago Bulls, Carter-Williams is now with the Charlotte Hornets, where he'll serve as Kemba Walker's backup and a potential sixth man. We like that fit!
7 Phoenix Suns: Žarko Čabarkapa (Adriatic League Sports Director)
With one of the best names on this list, Zarko Čabarkapa appears after being the 17th overall pick in that uber 2003 NBA Draft and struggling in two years with the Phoenix Suns. Battling injuries both during and after his NBA career, Čabarkapa - who won a gold medal during the 2002 FIBA World Cup with Yugoslavia - stopped his playing career in 2009 and now is an executive in the Adriatic League.
“It was a very difficult period for me. It was tough to face reality, especially at such a young age,” Čabarkapa said in 2015 about retiring early. “But I guess that it is in every sportsman mentality, not to give up. As with all life challenges, I needed some time to overcome the situation and move forward. I always knew basketball would be a part of my life. I am still involved in it, just in a different form.”
6 Portland Trail Blazers: Greg Oden (Ohio State Basketball Student Coach)
We've talked about Greg Oden so often over the past decade that there's no need to beat this dead horse again, but Oden earns our praise for returning to school not only to work with the Ohio State Buckeyes Men's Basketball team - the same one that lost to FAU last December, but I digress - but to also get his degree. It would have been extremely easy for Oden, the first overall pick in 2007 by the Portland Trail Blazers over Kevin Durant, to simply go into coaching, but he's attending classes and doing the work as well!
As part of their Body Issue, ESPN's Seth Wickersham profiled Oden's two Ohio State journeys - the one in 2006 and the current one - but focused more on the academics than his coaching. If you have the time to take a read, we definitely recommend it.
5 Sacramento Kings: Quincy Douby (Afyonkarahisar Belediyespor)
Another member of the 2006 NBA Draft - this class was worse than we remember - Douby was the first Rutgers player drafted in the first round in over 20 years when the Kings used the 19th overall pick on the guard. Douby never started a game for the Kings and showed flashes of excellence, but given the Kings passed up on Rajon Rondo and Kyle Lowry to take the Brooklyn-born guard...yeah, you can see why he makes it here.
Since his final NBA minutes with the Toronto Raptors in 2009, Douby has mainly played overseas in Turkey and China, though he did play for the Westchester Knicks in late 2016....before waiving his contract after two games. Now, Douby is with Afyonkarahisar Belediyespor in Turkey, which is easily the best name on this list.
4 San Antonio Spurs: James Anderson (Darüşşafaka Doğuş)
It's hard to believe the 76ers aren't on this list but the Spurs are, right? Well, James Anderson is the selection here after playing three years with the Spurs from 2010-13 and never doing much of anything under Gregg Popovich and friends. When Pop - who some NBA fans call the most overrated coach in the league,for some reason - drafts you, excellence is expected and Anderson could never break through.
Though Anderson would shine in Philadelphia during The Process' first year in 2013-14, when the guard averaged 10.1 points per game in a career-high 80 games (with 62 starts!), he's currently with the Turkish club Darüşşafaka - which, in Turkish, means "home of compassion." Neat. There's no neat story or legendary tale here, but that much should be expected with the Spurs.
3 Toronto Raptors: Michael Bradley (Owner of Modo Hot Yoga)
Oh, you thought Andrea Bargnani was going to be on this list? Well, as we've said in the past, Bargnani isn't so much a bust as he was a player that didn't really live up to the expectations of being a number one overall pick, but he still gave the Raptors seven solid seasons before the Knicks gave up a first-round pick for him in 2013...I'll stop laughing.
As for Bradley, the Massachusetts-born big man spent four seasons with the Toronto Raptors, really didn't do much, and retired after the 2009-10 season with BK Amager. In addition to being a high school basketball coach in Ohio from 2010-14, Bradley also runs a yoga place: Modo Hot Yoga. Give them a chance if you live in Kentucky...
2 Utah Jazz: Aleksandar Pavlović (Free Agent)
Aleksandar Pavlović, also known as 'Sasa', is an interesting option because it's not that he was a bust with the Utah Jazz, but it's because the team allowed him to be selected the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2004 expansion draft. Why would you use a first-round pick on a player if you're just going to let him walk the next season - well, NBA 2K does it, so maybe they're onto something. Pavlović spent 2003-13 in the NBA with several different teams, primarily with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2004-09, but went overseas in February 2014 to join Serbia's Partizan Belgrade.
As of July 2017, Pavlović is a free agent both in the NBA and overseas, so it'll be interesting to see if an NBA team considers him this offseason. Given that Pavlović is still only 33, there's a chance...right?
1 Washington Wizards: Jan Veselý (Fenerbahçe Istanbul)
We've finally made it to the end of this list, so kudos to you for lasting this long. Unfortunately, we can't say the same for Jan Veselý's NBA career, as the sixth overall pick in 2011 only lasted four seasons in the assocation before joining Turkey in August 2014. Veselý had flashes in his rookie season with the Wizards, but soon fell out of favor and was relegated to 11.8 minutes per night in his sophomore season.
But, Veselý could be on the road home, as a June 2017 report from Basketball Insiders explained that the Brooklyn Nets (no surprise!), Philadelphia 76ers, and Dallas Mavericks were all interested in the former lottery pick. Brooklyn may not have that same interest after acquiring Timofey Mozgov from the Lakers, but the Sixers adding him to backup Joel Embid is a smart option.
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