Worst 10 NBA Draft Picks of the Decade
Got it right, Darko clearly the worst pick and could be 2nd worst in NBA history only behind the Sam Bowie pick.
eddie griffen died....
a couple years after being drafted so how does he make the list?
miles was injury plauged
I think Marvin Williams (2nd pick 2005) could be added. The following players were still available; Deron Williams 3rd Pick. Chris Paul 4th Pick, and Danny Granger 17th Pick. Atlanta was in need of point guard and they passed on three (including Raymond Felton, 5th Pick) point guards who who would have worked. Not that Williams ended being bad, just bad compared to people on the board.
mj made the list twice with kwame and morrison. both drafts werent the strongest ever, but had future allstar players availible in b roy and gasol. considering the two picks were insisted by him and both could have dramatically changed the direction of the respected franchises, is mj among the worst front office men in the nba?
Thank you for including me in that list... It's an honor to be one of the worst...LOL
I dont know how you can be the best player ever to play the game but is so bad at evaluating talent. I honestly believe IM better at evaluating talent.
Coming into the draft some of these guys were good in college like Morrison and Araujo so they kinda justified their selection. But someone like Saer Sene picked by the sonics, was averaging like 2.7 points or something like that in the Belgium league and they still took him with the 10th pick. I guess thats why they are in Oklahoma City now.
was the worst pick in the history of any team in the southeast divison
Seattle Supersonics, now the Oklahoma City Thunder have made horrible picks with their big men this past decade. I think you should just put OKC as one of the names up there. With this little skinny kid coming out of high school in Robert Swift. Then the next year you follow up Johan Petro (who I can't really call a bust, when he was taken late in the 1st round). Then comes in the savior of the franchise, in Saer Sene...lmao. That pick was a joke, this guy did nothing in Europe before he was picked like the barron mentioned earlier, and he certainly did nothing in his short nba tenure. Now will it change with their 2009 pick, taking the 6th man of the yr in the Big Ten in BJ (Byron) Mullens. I certainly don't think son. This guy hasn't logged one nba minute thus far, being banished to the d-league. Safe to say this franchise isn't good at drafting big men....
Are you kidding me? How could you forget a kandi-man? He´s probably worst no 1. pick ever, competing hard with Kwame Brown at this category. Only Kwame is still on a NBA roster, but where is kandi-man?
Olowokandi was drafted in '98.
For the record, Luke Jackson was a very good, borderline great athlete.
Greg Oden anyone
Give it time, and I think this guy makes the list. I wanted th Knicks to take a shot on Brandon Jennings so badly with their pick (#9?) We needed a PG in the worst way, and he was #1 HS player in America before being first to go from HS to pros in Europe. Now, instead of a PG who went for 55/5/5 in one of his first NBA games, we have a stiff in Jordan Hill!
Major gripe- You say that players with career altering injuries won't be judged harshly... right after you ripped LaFrentz. Lafrentz= GREAT athlete with skills who blew his knee out before he even played 10 NBA games. Also, you are apparently the only one who thought Luke Jackson was a poor athlete. He was a go-get-it caliber wing player whose NBA career was marred by severe back problems and surgeries. Bob Swift and Kwame Brown def the worst of the worst.
Jennings was one of the best PGs in the US coming out of HS, but so was Telfair. Me personally, I wanted Lawson or Maynor to be the draft pick once Curry left.
I forgot where I read it, but when the Knicks passed on Jennings on draft day, no one said anything about it until that mega performance he put on, so I dismiss all that talk.
Darko I rank as #3 among lottery busts. Can't forget about Yinka Dare RIP
This is one heck of a list. You was spot on Adi..... except for Fizer. He could really play. He and Jerome Moisio were good players. Fizer had some decent numbers and Moisio never had a chance. The Hornets played him one time-----in the playoffs and Bill Walton kept screaming, "Where's he been. Where's he been?"
He's been on the bench! They should've gave him more mins.
The irony of the NBA is timing and what team the player was drafted to. If you don't play right off, people immediately discredit your skills and or forget about you. It isn't fair. Kris Humpries is a prime example. He left Minnesota after lighting the Big 10 on fire. He hasn't played much since. For the Sonics to take Saen Sene with the 10 pick was one of the worst ever. What were they thinking???
Fizer wasn't that bad, he made the 2nd nba all rookie team. Plus he was kinda just lost in translation because the bulls drafted the terrible two the year after and wanted to play the kids instead of him
Robert Swift to me is more than an honorable mention. Keeping with the Thunder/ Sonics, Luke Ridnour would be another one to consider as I believe he was a lottery pick. He's still in the league, but was overhyped in college like Luke Jackson and Adam Morrison. Greg Oden will probably be on this list in a few years, especially if Durant goes on to win an MVP.
Being a wolves fan it killed me to see them draft Ndudi "doodie" Ebi in 2003 (26th pick). Although he was a late first round pick i think it is the situation that the pick came in that was worse. After 3 years of forfeited first round draft picks, thanks glen taylor, and a lack of depth around Da Kid (Garnett) they waste the pick on ebi (barbosa, josh howard, and mo williams among some decent others) still on the board that would have made an impact on a team very close. then to make it better ebi gets cut by the wolves for Ronald Dupree, AN UNDRAFTED PLAYER FROM THE SAME DRAFT! Ouch! And now i get to deal with Ricky Rubio, or maybe i wont after all???
I don't understand why Martell Webster is in this group - he's a key contributer for the Blazers - would I rather have Deron Williams??? Well, yes, I would, but Martell is still a contributing player in the NBA.
Dajuan Wagner....I understand why he's on the list, but come on - the guy came down with an illness / disease that he almost died from!!! Saw him play in a preseason game (he was with the Warriors a couple years ago in preseason) in Spokane, Washington - was really hoping that he'd be able to make a comeback.
bigboom1 - good catch, I'd almost forgotten about Qyntel - what a serious waste of talent!!!
Even though he is a good player, I also think Marvin Williams should be in the top ten. He was a tweener who didn't even start in college, the Hawks needed a PG and the two best PG's in the league right now were still on the board: Paul and Deron Williams.
However, I think SHELDEN Williams should be even higher on the list. The Hawks still needed help in the backcourt and both Roy and Foye were still on the board. The 2006 draft seems like a pretty week one so far - but NO ONE thought Shelden Williams was going to be good. It was the ultimate "need" pick. They wanted toughness and strength inside so they picked a big guy who no one thought was going to be good over two guys who were considered to be the best players in the draft. Very similar to the Araujo pick, except he was the 5th pick!
As a Kings fan I would also like to nominate Quincy Douby - the one black mark on Petrie's drafting record - for at least honorable mention. The Kings needed a point guard to backup/replace Bibby. RONDO, Marcus Williams, Kyle Lowry, Shannon Brown, Jordan Farmar and Sergio Rodriguez were all available and taken within the next 10 picks. Instead the Kings went with Douby a 6'1", un-athletic shooting guard who was apparently the greatest work-out shooter Petrie had ever seen. Unfortunately he shoots about 30% from the field when someone is guarding him.
The Pistons won a title with Darko on their team - would that have happened with Melo or Wade or Bosh on the team? They would have been a more talented team, but would they have won more? They probably wouldn't have traded for Sheed also if they had drafted one of those guys. Something to think about.
Easily the worst was Loyola-Chicago's LaRue Martin going back a while. It was widely believed that he was drafted solely because of a pretty good game he had against Bill Walton and the fact that he was tall and fast...... basketball skill never much entered into the equation for LaRue, unfortunately, and to make it worse, he was drafted ahead of Bob McAdoo and Julius Erving.
He had a four year career, going roughly five rebounds and points per game before drifting off into obscurity as a UPS employee.
How is it that Dunleavy can skip around the league ruining franchises for the past two decades??? Look at some of the picks he made in Milwaukee they are on par with the Karolev pick. Yet he still retains employment.
As a bucks fan I will always count Robert the Tractor ass Traylor as a top flop, especially involving the trade of Novitski and Garrity to acquire him! You can't get much worse than that!
How bout list of top undrafted players with bigest impact over last decade. Bruce Bowen, Ben Wallace, Brad Miller, Udonis Haslem. That would be nice list to make all GMs and so called experts look bad :))
Don't even put Demarr Johnson on the list, I saw a lot of potential and good things out of him until he got into that horrific accident.