The NBA Draft. Seems like the busts are sometimes remembered more than the hits. The past five years have been a perfect example of this theory. Some drafts just don't have a clear cut number one overall pick like Ben Simmons, John Wall, or Kyrie Irving. In 2013, Anthony Bennett was drafted number 1 overall, ahead of the likes of Victor Oladipo, Michael Carter-Williams, and evolving NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.
SPOILER ALERT: Bennett makes the list.
This article will address the 15 worst NBA players drafted in the last 5 NBA drafts. It would be too easy just to go into the second round and pick players that never quite made their mark on the league. So instead, we will consider draft position, college reputations not translating to the NBA, and who was drafted after the aforementioned draftee to equate who was really the worst players drafted between 2012-2016.
So lets count down the 15 Worst NBA Players Drafted In The Last 5 years:
15 Peyton Siva, 2013
It's hard to label a 56th overall pick as a bust or even a bad selection, but coming off a NCAA Championship with Louisville, Siva had a nice stature coming into the 2013 NBA Draft. Siva has not been on an NBA court since the 2013-14 season, and has only played a total of 224 minutes in the league. In 2014-15 Siva spent the entire year in the D-League where he did manage 13.4 PPG and 6.2 APG. A 6 foot guard, Siva now spends his time playing professionally in Germany. Sometimes the greatest college basketball players just can't carve out a role in the big stage of the NBA.
14 Royce White, 2012
Royce White was the 16th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft after averaging over 13 points and 9 rebounds per contest at Iowa State. Due to personal problems and a battle with anxiety, White has played 3 minutes and never scored an NBA point. Perhaps unfair to label him one of the worst players to be drafted, the Rockets spent their first round draft pick on White, and selected him ahead of the likes of Tyler Zeller, Evan Fournier, Terrence Jones, Miles Plumlee, Jared Sullinger, and even NBA All-Star Draymond Green. We wish White the best in his battle with anxiety, but his selection in the draft still lands him on the list, and leaves the Rockets wondering what could have been had they not taken him in first round of the NBA Draft.
13 Arnett Moultrie, 2012
The 6-11 power forward averaged 16.4 PPG and 10.5 RPG at Mississippi State before entering the 2012 NBA Draft. There, Moultrie was drafted with the 27th overall pick by the Miami Heat, and promptly traded to the 76ers one day later. A combination of injuries, weight issues, suspensions and D-League stints has caused Moultrie to not have seen an NBA minute since 2014. Even during a expanded tanking process in Philadelphia, Moultrie couldn't find consistent NBA minutes on a team that went 19-63, and even failed to stay on the roster for a franchise that won 47 games in three years. Currently playing professionally in Puerto Rico, it seems his NBA run is over with just 210 points and 180 rebounds.
12 Andrew Harrison, 2015
Andrew Harrison and brother Aaron would both enter the 2015 NBA Draft. Aaron would go undrafted, and Andrew would go 44th overall to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of a trade with the Phoenix Suns. Harrison spent all of 2015-16 in the NBA D-League, and this season has seen more minutes, due to injury of starting point guard Mike Conley. For the Kentucky Wildcat standout, even averages of 6.7 PPG and 3.3 APG seem bland considering Harrison entered the NBA early after his sophomore season in college. Unlike most of the list, Harrison still has a chance to find a role in the NBA game. But maybe a couple more years would have helped the process.
11 Russ Smith, 2014
Again. Not the "worst" player drafted per say. But Russ Smith came out of Louisville as one of the best and well-known players in the country. Smith won a NCAA Championship in 2013, and was an All-American his junior and senior season. His size has halted his career from translating to the NBA. Smith has played 131 NBA minutes and scored a career total of 53 points. The former Louisville standout has averaged 22.3 PPG and 5.9 APG during his D-League career. Smith returned to the 76ers D-League affiliate the 87ers in January of 2017 with aspirations to again make the big show.
10 Marquis Teague, 2012
Teague was drafted in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls, after spending just one year at Kentucky. During his one and done season in college, Teague and the Kentucky Wildcats won the NCAA Championship, and Teague decided he was NBA ready. It just hasn't turned out to be the case. Teague last saw an NBA minute in 2013-14 and has played a total of 835 minutes, including 3 starts. The former first round pick had some stints in the NBA D-League, and has now moved his professionally career overseas to Russia. It seems an NBA return is unlikely. Maybe a couple more years in college could have benefited Marquis Teague.
9 Robbie Hummel, 2012
Hummel's career was effected more by injuries than anyone else on this list. A 3 time First Team All Big Ten selected at Purdue, Hummel's college career spanded from 2007-12 due to injury plagued seasons. Still he was drafted in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves knew he had the talent and hoped that the injury bug that followed Hummel around in college would not make it's way to the NBA. Hummel started 9 NBA games from 2013 to 2015, and averaged 3.9 points and 2.7 rebounds during that span. He has not played an NBA minute since. At 27 years of age, Hummel has moved his professional career to Russia and out of the NBA. At this age, it seems like the former All-American's NBA career is over.
8 Pierre Jackson, 2013
After finishing a collegiate career with Baylor, Jackson was taken 42nd overall by the Philadelphia 76ers. A Sam Hinkie pick, Jackson failed to find an NBA minute for a 76ers team that hasn't won more than 19 games since the 2012-13 season. If there wasn't room for the point guard on a NBA team that was clearly lacking any kind of NBA talent, it may just not be in the books for Jackson's talents to translate to NBA success. After spending time in the D-League, Turkish League, and Croatian League, Jackson did see his first NBA action in 2016-17 with the Dallas Mavericks. Jackson has played his way into another 10 day contract with the team, and perhaps his NBA career will continue.
7 Shabazz Napier, 2014
In his three years in the league, Napier is now on his third NBA team. The reason he makes the list is because of the college resume he was able to put together before entering into the NBA. A two time NCAA Champion, AAC Player of the Year, and Final Four Most Outstanding Player, Shabazz has not been able to find his niche in the NBA game. Napier was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets and promptly traded to the Miami Heat. Shortly there after, the Miami Heat would learn that LeBron James had made the decision to leave South Beach and return home to Cleveland. Napier did appear in 51 games his rookie year, including 10 starts. Since then, he has not started another NBA game and is currently a member of the Portland Trail Blazers.
6 CJ Wilcox, 2014
Wilcox was selected with the 28th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, ahead of respectable NBA players: Jerami Grant, Nikola Jokic, and Jordan Clarkson. Wilcox stayed all four years at the University of Washington, where he averaged 14.4 points for his career. While bouncing between the Clippers and the NBA Developmental League, Wilcox played in 343 minutes and scored 125 points since being drafted. He was traded last summer to the Orlando Magic, where his team option for 2017-18 has already been declined. A solid shooter in college, maybe Wilcox can find a situation that better suits his game.
5 Robert Sacre, 2012
The Lakers only spent the last pick in the NBA Draft on Sacre, but his play during the most dismal years of Laker's basketball has landed him on our list. Sacre's rookie year was the same year the Lakers tried to return to glory by landing Dwight Howard and Steve Nash to give Kobe Bryant and the Lakers one last run. It would not work out that way, and Sacre actually found him self starting 35 games from 2012-2016. The 7 foot center out of Gonzaga garnered more NBA stats than most of our list, totaling 787 points and 593 rebounds during the span. The reason he lands here is because he only experienced these minutes because of the Lakers darkest years as a franchise. Los Angeles averaged 27.5 wins during his tenure, with the Lakers looking forward with new franchise talent, Sacre is currently playing his basketball in the Japanese B.League. A 60th overall pick, Sacre had NBA experience that players with his skill set can only hope to one day have.
4 4. Kendall Marshall, 2012
A lottery pick in 2012, Marshall was drafted by the Phoenix suns 13th overall out of the University of North Carolina. The point guard played two college season averaging 7.2 PPG and 8 APG before declaring for the NBA Draft. After a rookie campaign in which he totaled 143 points and 143 assists, Marshall would be traded to the Washington Wizards and promptly waived. The Lakers would pick him up for the 2013-14 season, where Marshall would go on to start 45 games for a Los Angeles team that won 27 games. The UNC standout would go onto play 58 total games scattered across Milwaukee and Philadelphia, before being waived for the fourth time in his NBA career. Probably the best career averages of just over 9 points and 9 assists, Marshall has accumulated some empty stats during his NBA journey. Marshall has not played in the NBA this season and currently plays as a member of the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Developmental League.
3 Thomas Robinson, 2012
The Sacramento Kings have struggled to stay relevant in recent memory, and drafting Robinson with the 5th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft did not help the cause. The Kings took him ahead of All-Stars Damian Lillard, Andre Drummond and Draymond Green. A big 6-10 power forward coming out of Kansas, Robinson had all the physical makeup to put his stamp on the NBA. It just never came together. The big man is now onto this sixth NBA team in five seasons. Still floating around the league, Robinson has managed to stay relevant more than most of our list. I wouldn't expect him to ever live up to his draft stock, but Robinson could have the longest NBA career of anyone on our list.
2 Fab Melo, 2012
After two years of college, the Boston Celtics selected the Syracuse 7 footer with the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Even with his size and defensive potential, Melo has played only 36 NBA minutes in his career. Historically, the big man is one of the biggest first round busts ever. Melo has as many career personal fouls as career points with 7. The 7 footer only managed to snag 3 rebounds during his debut season. Size is at a premium in the NBA, and to see no NBA floor since 2013 seems astounding for Fab Melo. His last NBA stop was when the Dallas Mavericks invited him to camp for the 2013-14 season. Melo failed to secure a roster spot and was released prior to the start of the season. The former first round pick can now be found playing professionally in Brazil.
1 Anthony Bennett, 2013
This one has all the makings of the criteria we used to form this list. Bennett was the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. Let's run off some names that were selected in the same draft: Victor Oladipo, Otto Porter, Cody Zeller, Nerlens Noel, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, CJ McCollum, Michael Carter-Williams, Stevan Adams, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Dennis Schroder, Rudy Gobert.....just to name a few. Maybe a little unfair this draft was full of many unknowns, but still the Cavaliers really missed on this one. Bennett has gone on to play for four NBA teams in as many years, and recently was waived by the Brooklyn Nets, who happen to be the league's worst team. Bennett has moved on to playing professionally overseas in Turkey, with hopes to polish up his game and make an NBA return. Being the number 1 overall, bouncing around the league, the players selected behind him, and eventually leaving the NBA has made Bennet the worst player drafted in the past five years.
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