Pervis Ellison was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in 1989. Before the draft, he looked like the typical first overall draft pick. A ready and capable center that would compliment any NBA team.
In college, Ellison had scored 2,000 points and put up 1,000 rebounds as a Louisville Cardinal. College statistics can often
be misguiding, especially when it comes to the centre position. In college, centre's can typically slide by on size and dominance. In the NBA, where there is a deeper talent pool, these weaknesses are very quickly capitalized on.
Unfortunately, these performances were not repeated in Sacramento during his NBA career. Ellison was sidelined with knee injuries for more than half of his rookie season. In the next three years, Ellison would improve to become a decent player, but he would never reach his expected potential.