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Top 20 Draft Busts in NBA History

The NBA Draft is one of the biggest annual events of the NBA.  An aspiring young basketball player dreams of this day. College and overseas players work hard at getting noticed by NBA scouts so that they can get drafted. NBA scouts can sometimes figure out whether or not the pro prospect will be a good player in the NBA. If a player plays well against top competition in the  NCAA tournament they can increase their chances of getting drafted higher than expected. This also gives the pro prospect the ability to get more playing time and a higher salary.

However, when it comes to draft day, the ultimate decision belongs to the teams. They will pick either the best player available or the player that fills their biggest needs.  The decisions made that day by the teams range from brilliant to moronic. Sometimes teams can make risky decisions which can set their franchise back for years. When the player they have selected does not live up to the enormous expectations of their draft positioning, they are considered disappointments. If that player doesn’t show any signs of improvement after their rookie years are over they are now known as an NBA bust.  An NBA bust is often labeled for players who were drafted in the top-5 and due to either lack of skills, injuries or inconsistency did not play up to the hype. Twenty of the NBA’s biggest busts are listed below with their career numbers, why they were a bust and an update on where they are now.

20 Ed O'Bannon

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19 Rafael Araujo

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18 Joe Alexander

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17 Kent Benson

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16 Dennis Hopson

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15 Jay Williams

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14 Robert Traylor

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13 LaRue Martin

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12 Chris Washburn

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11 Pervis Ellison

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10 Nikoloz Tskitishvili

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9 Jonathan Bender

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8 Hasheem Thabeet

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7 Shawn Bradley

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6 Greg Oden

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5 Adam Morrison

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4 Sam Bowie

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3 Kwame Brown

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2 Darko Milicic

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1 Michael Olowokandi

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Michael Olowokandi was a center who in 1998 was drafted 1st overall by the Los Angeles Clippers. He averaged 8.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in his 10 seasons. He fell extremely short of his projection as a dominant NBA player and his career was often filled with injuries. Clippers fans still curse his name because he was drafted over the likes of Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki and Paul Pierce. Michael Olowokandi now lives in anonymity in Dallas.

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