TheSportster.com

The Worst Draft Picks By Every Team in NBA History

The San Antonio Spurs are known as the model franchise in the NBA that every team aspires to imitate, especially when it comes to selecting players in the draft. The Spurs have been fortunate enough to have some no-brainer picks with David Robinson and Tim Duncan, which any general manager with two cents would have done. However, the Spurs have also built the reputation of turning water into wine.

With their winning percentage in the top of the league each and every year, the Spurs have always had late draft picks, which usually means slim pickings for most teams. But rather than viewing these late picks as scraps, the Spurs have always viewed them as diamonds in the rough. For example, Tony Parker was selected with the 28th pick in the 2001 draft, which is nearly the last pick in the first round. Manu Ginobili was selected with the 57th pick in the 1999 draft, which is nearly at the bottom of the 2nd round. Yet, both of these players will eventually wind up in the Hall of Fame. And this year, they selected Kyle Anderson with the last pick in the first round, whom many experts believe will be a very solid NBA player, for no other reason than the fact that the San Antonio Spurs drafted him.

Meanwhile, some of the worst teams in the league, who get the highest draft picks each and every year, are somehow picking up coal in the heart of a gold mine. The point is, that sometimes you have a lot more to lose by picking early than by picking late, simply by the fact that the expectations are far, far greater. Players picked late in the first round aren’t supposed to be good. Players in the second round aren’t supposed to even make it to the NBA. However, players selected in the lottery are supposed to be franchise players and All-Stars.

Unfortunately, that has not always been the case throughout NBA history. In fact, sometimes the expectations crush some of these players to the point where their careers are very short lived and almost non-existent. The following is a list of the worst picks that every team in the NBA has ever regrettably drafted, and even the Spurs are no exception.

30 30. Sacramento Kings – Pervis Ellison (1989)

via faniq.com

29 29. Detroit Pistons – Darko Milicic (2003)

via sports.yahoo.com

28 28. Dallas Mavericks – Roy Tarpley (1986)

via archive.freep.com

27 27. Chicago Bulls – Keith Lee (1985)

via gopixpic.com

26 26. Charlotte Bobcats – Adam Morrison (2006)

via balloverall.com

25 25. Atlanta Hawks – Jon Koncak (1985)

via thebiglead.com

24 24. Denver Nuggets – Mark Macon (1991)

via thenolookpass.com

23 23. Houston Rockets – Royce White (2012)

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

22 22. Golden State Warriors – Chris Washburn (1986)

via sportsnstats.com

21 21. Indiana Pacers – Scott Haskin (1993)

via thenolookpass.com

20 20. Los Angeles Lakers – Earl Jones (1984)

via washingtonpost.com

19 19. Los Angeles Clippers – Michael Olowokandi (1998)

via mybasketballtimes.com

18 18. Milwaukee Bucks – Kent Benson (1977)

via en.wikipedia.org

17 17. Miami Heat – Michael Beasley (2008)

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

16 16. New Orleans Hornets – Kirk Haston (2001)

via howto.renkochartsystem.com

15 15. Minnesota Timberwolves – Jonny Flynn (2009)

via heraldsun.com.au

14 14. Seattle Supersonics/Oklahoma City Thunder – Rich King (1991)

via en.todocoleccion.net

13 13. New York Knicks – Frederic Weis (1999)

via complex.com

12 12. Philadelphia Sixers – Marvin Barnes (1974)

via providencejournal.com

11 11. Orlando Magic – David Vaughn (1995)

via commercialappeal.com

10 10. San Antonio Spurs – Alfredrick Hughes (1985)

via mysanantonio.com

9 9. Washington Wizards – Kwame Brown (2001)

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

8 8. Toronto Raptors – Andrea Bargnani (2006)

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

7 7. Utah Jazz – Jose Ortiz (1987)

via deseretnews.com

6 6. Phoenix Suns – William Bedford (1986)

via azcentral.com

5 5. Portland Trail Blazers – Greg Oden (2007)

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

4 4. New Jersey Nets – Ed O’Bannon (1995)

via guardianlv.com

3 3. Memphis Grizzlies – Hasheem Thabeet (2009)

Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

2 2. Boston Celtics – Eric Montross (1994)

via pixgood.com

1 1. Cleveland Cavaliers – Chuckie Williams (1976)

via kansas.com

The 15th pick in the 1976 draft played only 22 games in the NBA before his pro-career was over. He tallied a total of 37 points, which came out to about 1.7 points per game. Very rarely does a player picked this high, last so little in the NBA. Instead of wasting a pick on Chuckie, the Cavs could've had Alex English or Johnny Davis. Hell, they could've taken any other player in the first two rounds of the draft and got more mileage out of them.

Give TheSportster a Thumbs up!

Looking for an AD FREE EXPERIENCE on TheSportster?

Get Your Free Access Now!

More in NBA

The Worst Draft Picks By Every Team in NBA History