The NBA Draft is one of the league's most exciting and entertaining events in sports. While all the teams involved look to better their roster with a talented young player, not all the selections made turn out the way the team selecting the player thought it would. It's always fun to look back at certain draft picks, as many players who were thought to be the next NBA superstars ended up being total busts.
In this article, we will be looking at the biggest busts of the last decade from pick 1 to 15. We have seen a lot of busts over the last decade, and this list of players just gets more and more disappointing considering how high they were selected. Many NBA owners would look at these names and feel sick because many great players were selected behind these NBA busts. Looking from 2005 to 2015, these guys just did not pan out like expected.
As always, feel free to leave any thoughts you have on this matter in the comment section, as we would love to here your opinion on these draft busts.
Here are the biggest NBA duds of the last decade from pick 1 to 15. To work our way up to the biggest bust of them all, we will start from 15 and work our way down to no.1.
15 Cedric Simmons
Drafted #15: 2006 by New Orleans Hornets
14 Earl Clark
Drafted #14: 2009 by Phoenix Suns
Helping lead Louisville to the Big East Title as well as a #1 ranking, Earl Clark was drafted by the Phoenix Suns with the 14th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. Clark spent a few seasons with the team that drafted him, but Phoenix never really gave the guy many minutes to produce, and he was then moved to Orlando, where he got pretty much the same treatment minute-wise. Clark found some success in Los Angeles in 2012, where he averaged 7.3 ppg, but he only spent one season with the team. Moving to three other teams after that, Clark spent last season with the Brooklyn Nets until he was moved to the Suns' D-League affiliate.
13 Julian Wright
Drafted #13: 2007 by New Orleans Hornets
Julian Wright, another Hornets/Pelicans draft bust, was the worst selection at pick #13 of the last decade. It's hard not to be considered a bust when you only play four years in the NBA, and sadly that's the story of Julian Wright's career. After playing two successful years at Kansas, the Hornets liked what they saw in Julian and his athleticism, and the team took him with their 13th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. Instead of Wright, New Orleans could have selected their would-be franchise big man Marc Gasol, who was drafted with the 48th pick in 2007.
12 Yaroslav Korolev
Drafted #12: 2005 by Los Angeles Clippers
Only playing 34 games in his NBA career, Yaroslav Korolev was a total bust. Playing in Russia before being drafted by the Clippers with the 12th pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, Korolev must have dominated overseas to be considered good enough to be a lottery selection in the NBA. The Clippers obviously made the wrong decision going with Korolev, as he only spent two seasons in the NBA. The Clippers could have gone with players such as Marcin Gortat, Monta Ellis, or Danny Granger, all of whom would have been more productive than Korolev. After quickly leaving the NBA after averaging 1.1 ppg for his career, Yaroslav went back to his homeland to play in Russia.
11 Fran Vazquez
Drafted #11: 2005 by Orlando Magic
10 Mouhamed Sene
Drafted #10: 2006 by Seattle SuperSonics (Oklahoma City Thunder)
9 Patrick O'Bryant
Drafted #9: 2006 by Golden State Warriors
Patrick O'Bryant attended Bradley University for two years, and his standout games against Kansas and Pittsburgh during the 2006 NCAA Tournament caught the attention of NBA scouts. Being drafted by the Warriors with the 9th pick in the 2006 NBA Draft must have been a dream come true for O'Bryant, but his career in the league was anything but a dream. Playing only sparingly throughout his five-year career, O'Bryant only managed to play 90 games. After playing with the Warriors for two seasons, O'Bryant played for the Celtics and then for Toronto.
8 Joe Alexander
Drafted #8: 2008 by Milwaukee Bucks
7 Charlie Villanueva
Drafted #7: 2005 by Toronto Raptors
Charlie Villanueva was not necessarily a terrible draft pick, but the last decade has produced some pretty solid 7th overall selections, and Villanueva happens to be the worst of the bunch. Drafted 7th by the Raptors in 2005, Villanueva had a solid rookie season, even being named to the All-Rookie First Team. Charlie was then traded to Milwaukee, and had his best season during his time there, averaging 16.2 ppg before signing with Detroit. Villanueva's career was all downhill from there, and Charlie is now a role player for the Dallas Mavericks. He recently made headlines when he interrupted Russell Westbrook and Cameron Payne's dance routine during the Mavs and Thunder's playoff series this season.
6 Jonny Flynn
Drafted #6: 2009 by Minnesota Timberwolves
5 Shelden Williams
Drafted #5: 2006 by Atlanta Hawks
4 Tyrus Thomas
Drafted #4: 2006 by Portland Trail Blazers (traded to Chicago)
Even though Tyrus Thomas was one of my favorite players growing up, he definitely flew under the radar of many NBA fans, which is not what the Bulls where hoping for when they traded their 2nd overall pick, LaMarcus Aldridge, for him. Tyrus played one season at LSU, where he showed he was a solid scorer and an excellent rebounder. His rookie season wasn't anything special, as he averaged about 5 ppg in 13.4 minutes a night. Thomas stuck with Chicago for four seasons, until he was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats in 2009. He had a few solid seasons with the Cats, averaging over 10 points a night during his stint there.
3 Adam Morrison
Drafted #3: 2006 by Charlotte Bobcats (Hornets)
2 Hasheem Thabeet
Drafted #2: 2009 by Memphis Grizzlies
1 Greg Oden
Drafted #1: 2007 by Portland Trail Blazers
After debating whether this spot should go to Greg Oden or Anthony Bennett, it quickly became apparent as to why Oden was the worst bust of the two. Firstly, Oden was primed to be one of the league's greatest centers, and it was a shock to many how ineffective his NBA career turned out to be. Also, a player by the name of Kevin Durant was drafted just one pick behind him, which just adds to the regret the Blazers must still feel over this wasted draft selection. While Oden had the talent to compete, injuries absolutely derailed his career, as he was only able to compete in 105 NBA games before having to call it quits. Oden made a return and played for the Jiangsu Dragons of the CBA league, and even though his time spent there was pretty successful, I don't think Oden will ever get to make things right regarding his time spent in the NBA.
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