The NBA Draft is a time of excitement, opportunity, and more importantly, uncertainty. The Draft has produced some of the greatest players in basketball history, but it also has produced some of the most disappointing players. Young players out of high school or college, are thrust into the NBA and are expected to make impact in a positive way right out of the gate. When players are expected to produce for their team and don't live up to their expected potential, they are considered to be a bust.
No player wants to be a bust, but it happens, and will continuously happen until the end of time. Whether it's due to injuries, lack of skill, or off-court problems, some players just can't seem to adjust to the NBA life. It may be fun to discuss these draft busts for us fans, but for the players, it must be one of the worst feelings in the world. I can't imagine the feelings that these bust players go through as they begin to realize the career they could have had. While some of these players spiral downwards in their personal life from their careers, some of these draft busts go on to lead productive lives whether it's connected with the NBA or not.
You have to wonder what some of these players did after their disappointing NBA career, and where they are now.
This list includes the top 15 worst NBA Draft picks, and where they are today.
15 Sam Bowie
If you're a basketball fan, you probably have heard of Sam Bowie. If you don't know who he is, well in the legendary 1984 NBA Draft, he was drafted with the second pick to the Portland Trail Blazers. Okay big deal, he was drafted with the second pick and didn't turn out to be a superstar. In reality, he wasn't that bad in the NBA, but he will be forever be remembered because of who was picked after him.
Who was picked after him? None other than the greatest basketball player of all time in Michael Jordan. Bowie wasn't terrible in the NBA, but considering the Trail Blazers could have selected Michael Jordan, Bowie was a complete bust of a player.
14 Chris Washburn
This is an example of a player who couldn't even be productive in his personal life, let alone the hardwood. Chris Washburn was drafted in 1986 with the third overall pick to the Golden State Warriors. He only played three seasons in the NBA averaging 3.1 points and 2.4 rebounds for his career averages. He was banned from the NBA for life in 1989, because he failed three drug tests in three years. He was drafted in front of players such as Mark Price and Dennis Rodman.
13 Jonny Flynn
Jonny Flynn was one of several players selected before Steph Curry in the 2009 draft. The Timberwolves were one of six teams to make that mistake. Flynn played just four NBA seasons and after a promising first year where he averaged 13.2 points per game, his numbers dipped to 5.3, 3.4 and 5.2.
12 Jay Williams
One of the more tragic stories of an NBA bust, Jay Williams was supposed to be a good NBA player. The point guard was drafted second overall by the Chicago Bulls in 2002. The following year, Williams was in a terrible motorcycle accident, and was terribly injured. Williams was never the same player as he was before the crash, and he was forced to retire when no franchise would pick him up.
11 LaRue Martin
LaRue Martin is considered to be one of the worst first overall draft picks of all-time. Drafted to the Trail Blazers in 1972, in front of Hall of Fame players Julius Erving and Bob MacAdoo, Martin was a total bust. He averaged a measly 5.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in his short four season career for the Blazers. He retired one year before the Trail Blazers won the NBA Championship.
10 Pervis Ellison
Drafted first overall in 1989 to the Sacramento Kings, Pervis Ellison never lived up to the hype of being the number one pick. His stats were not terrible, as he averaged 9.5 points and 6.7 rebounds in his 11 seasons in the NBA. He was picked in front of NBA legends Tim Hardaway and Glen Rice, so it's hard not to consider this guy a bust.
9 Nikoloz Tskitishvili
Drafted from Georgia, Nikoloz Tskitishvili never made an impact in the NBA, at all. He was picked with the fifth pick in 2005 draft by the Denver Nuggets. He averaged a very mediocre 2.9 points and 1.8 rebounds in only six seasons. Broadcasters are lucky this guy never was a real player because his name is just impossible to announce.
8 Todd Fuller
Todd Fuller was picked with the 11th pick in the legendary 1996 draft, to the Golden State Warriors; he was drafted just two picks before the Hall of Fame bound Kobe Bryant. Fuller was never a good NBA player, averaging only 2.8 points in his four year career. This goes to show that the person picked behind you, can memorialize you forever.
7 Shawn Bradley
This 7'6" center from BYU was supposed to be one of the most dominant centers in the NBA. He was drafted second by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1993 NBA Draft, but Bradley never turned into the star the Sixers envisioned him to be. He averaged 8.1 points per game, and 6.3 rebounds in his 14 seasons in the NBA.
6 Adam Morrison
Adam Morrison had a great college career at Gonzaga University. He played so well in college, he was drafted third overall by the Charlotte Bobcats in 2006. We all know NBA basketball is not the same as college basketball, and Morrison is a perfect example of that. He wasn't able to be a productive player in the NBA averaging 7.5 points and 2.1 rebounds in his short six season career where he played for a multitude of teams.
5 Hasheem Thabeet
Drafted with the second pick in the 2009 NBA Draft to the Memphis Grizzlies, Thabeet was picked before NBA stars Stephen Curry, James Harden, and DeMar DeRozan. Thabeet has been on six NBA teams, and never lived up to the hype of being the second pick of the draft. In his NBA career, he has only managed to average 2.2 points, and still that is the highlight of all his stats.
4 Michael Olowokandi
Michael Olowokandi was drafted with the first overall pick in 1998 by the Los Angeles Clippers. Poised to be one of the most dominant NBA players ever, he never lived up to his potential seen by many. He averaged 8.3 points and 6.8 rebounds during his decade long NBA career. Drafted before some of the biggest names in NBA history such as Dirk Nowitzki, Vince Carter, and Paul Pierce, Olowokandi was a total bust.
3 Greg Oden
If you get picked before Kevin Durant with the first overall draft pick, you're really supposed to be something special. Greg Oden was anything but special in the NBA during his injury ridden, three year career. Oden was drafted in 2007 to the Portland Trial Blazers and is regarded as one of the worst busts in NBA history, considering he never managed to play more then 62 games in a single season. He averaged 8 points and 6.2 rebounds in his short 105 game career.
2 Darko Miličić
The only accomplishment in Darko Miličić's career is being drafted second in one of the best drafts classes of all-time. In 2003, Darko was picked right behind high school phenom LeBron James. He somehow showed more promise than NBA superstars Carmelo Anthony, Chirs Bosh, and Dwyane Wade, who were all drafted behind him. He averaged 6 points and 4.2 rebounds in his disappointing 12 year career.
1 Kwame Brown
The perfect embodiment of an NBA bust, Kwame Brown is the worst NBA draft pick of all time. As the first ever high school player drafted with the first overall pick, Kwame Brown never lived up to the potential he showed in high school. Michael Jordan was a great player, but as the team president for the Wizards at the time, he made a poor decision drafting Kwame Brown in 2001.
Kwame showed a lack of production and especially a lack of maturity as he finished his rookie year averaging 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds a game. Over the next 12 years, he moved from team to team, as he limped his way to the end of his miserable career.
After being waived by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2013, Kwame Brown went off the radar and his whereabouts are unknown. He did manage to make about $60 million in his playing days, so he is probably doing fine for himself, wherever he may be.
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