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  • #755893
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    tli232

    Bargnani showed so much skill and promise early on. All he needed was to play the game a little smarter and work a little harder to be a multi-season all-star. Well, he did neither of those things and he’s a one-trick pony in a sixth man’s role at best at this point in his career.

     

    SMH

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  • #47373
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    I didn’t list all of them but The guys I listed are just a few players I always wanted to do well but just either wasted their talent or have gotten injured..

    Michael Beasley – its pretty clear now he just doesn’t have the “want to” to be a franchise/star player…has amazing skill but seemingly is content with being a bench player on a pathetic team…thought he might bust out this year…smh

    Gerald Green – had a miraculous 20pts tonite but I was excited to see him get a chance to start this year and now he can barely crack the rotation…honestly thought he could be like T-Mac when I saw him in HS…again smh..

    Tyrus Thomas – loved him during LSU’s final four run but what a wasted 3rd pick and a 10 mill contract..

    Adam Morrison – don’t get me wrong I thought he was a horrible 3rd pick but before his acl tear it was undeniably entertaining to watch this dude on offense..

    Greg Oden – none of us have seen this guy healthy and probably never will but in an era with very few skilled true centers I thought he could have been similar to David Robinson or Patrick Ewing…hope he comes back to at least have himself a decent career..

    Obviously these are just a few guys recently that for me personally were very disappointing…

    Which guys are you most disappointed with? Either their careers never took shape or maybe just turned into a waste?

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  • #755894
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    I thought Evan Turner would of been better – hopefully he can still improve

    Johnny Flynn and Wes Johnson

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  • #755910
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    FastAndFurious
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    Really can’t be dissapointed in Oden, had he not been injured he would probably be the best center in the NBA, those other guys on that list just weren’t as good as advertised, Oden’s situation was different.

    With that being said:

    Tyreke Evans- Hate to put him here, but this guy in HS was a STUDDDDDD, soooo much potential and was sooo hyped, he even came into the L dominating and looking like the next best thing, but since then all his numbers have dropped and he no longer looks like the franchise type player everybody thought he would be, maybe a change of scenery might do him some good, but for now he has to be on this list.

    Jerryd Bayless as well

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    • #755938
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      I meant it more as a fan rather than just listing guys who were busts…These were guys I rooted for and I’m disappointed in the way their careers have unfolded so far. I was just disappointed I wasn’t able to see Oden and Morrison play more is what I was referring to..

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  • #755914
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    Chilbert arenas
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    Wes Johnson
    Terrence Williams
    Sean Williams (Boston College)
    Marcus Williams (Uconn)
    Anthony Randolph
    Bayless as well, he was so highly toughted in one of the best HS classes of all time and had a great frosh season at UA

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  • #755915
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    Chilbert arenas
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    Wes Johnson
    Terrence Williams
    Sean Williams (Boston College)
    Marcus Williams (Uconn)
    Anthony Randolph
    Bayless as well, he was so highly toughted in one of the best HS classes of all time and had a great frosh season at UA

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  • #755916
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    Daequan Cook is a big one for me. Here is a guy who was a player that could take you off the dribble and score in HS & college. Now all he does is run to the corner and spot up.

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  • #755923
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    I am a timberwolves fan and we had so many busts or players who didn’t reach their potential. Corey brewer, he is ok and a solid player off the bench but I thought he could be a lock down defender, glue guy and shooter, basically a 4th starter on a contending team like tayshaun prince, but he never developed his shot. Rashard McCants had potential to be a solid scorer and an average shooting guard but he is out of the league and didnt do that much with his career. Wes johnson completely flopped, he cant shoot at all, he cant dribble, all he is a solid defender. I thought johnny flynn would do better once he was out of the triangle offense, it was a terrible fit with his game but he hasnt done anything. I am sorry but I just get mad seeing all the busts the timberwolves have had.

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  • #755924
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    Malcolmx
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    Hasheem Thabett

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  • #755926
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    ilike.panochas
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    Thabeet has got to be the biggest bust of all-time. I can’t think of anyone chosen in top 3 that is worst.

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  • #755936
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    usfballer
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    Shaun Livingston- I thought he was going to be one of the best PG’s in the league for a long time. He had special court vision and was a hell of a passer. The fact that he can still contribute with almost none of the explosiveness he had is a testament to just how advanced his skill set was for a 6’7″-6’8″ man.

    Grant Hill was supposed to be the smooth version of LeBron James before LeBron. Triple double machine. Still hurts me to think about just how good he could’ve been.

    Yao Ming- 7’5″ men aren’t supposed to be able to both shoot like a guard from midrange/FT- line and hold their spot on the block like Shaq. He was a combination of size, strength and skill that will likely never be replicated.

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  • #755939
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    usfballer
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    Stephon Marbury- Should’ve been part on the most dominant inside-outside duo since magic and Kareem with KG, but let his ego continue to get the best of him. Marbury was too talented for his own good. He could literally do just about whatever he wanted when he really went at it. Just a total nut job who should’ve been one of the best PG’s ever.

    Stromile Swift- I thought he had every physical tool you could ask for as a big man but he never put it together upstairs. I always wondered if he was too lazy or too dumb to learn the game.

    Eddy Curry- How many big men have we seen since the mid-90’s that had Eddy’s touch and footwork around the basket? Unfortunately he ate himself right out of the league.

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  • #755942
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    I hate to say it since he’s my favorite player, but O.J. Mayo. His problem is that he lacks the desire to be a franchise player. He came into the league with the mind set of being a dominate player and wanting to be the guy He started out hot his rookie season avg 22 a game up until Jan. Then slowed down a little bit and put up a great 18.5 ppg. His second year wasn’t all that bad, his numbers dipped barely. Then his 3rd and 4th seasons came along and Lionel Hollins destroyed his confidence and desire to be the #1 guy. In Dallas he had it when Dirk was out but ever since Dirk came back he’s settled in as a #2 and even #3 guy at times. He needs to get his head on right and change his mindset to one of a #1 guy. He can do it, he just needs to be comfortable where’s he’s at and be confident in himself.

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  • #755943
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    omphalos
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    I gotta agree with Bayless; I really liked his calm demeanour and aggressive play, but I think he suffered from stunted growth after not getting many minutes in Portland when he was playing behind an established starter and then being bounced around a few teams. He’s also had difficulties staying healthy, it looked like he was breaking out in Toronto in a stretch with Calderon injured, but then he too went down with injury.

    I guess the guys I’m most disappointed in are the ones who are victims of circumstance more than anything; people don’t understand how important the first impression people get of you is in the NBA.

    Beasley for example, is a guy I thought had an alpha mentality and great skills, but he was immediately forced into a second fiddle situation by the return of Wade, and not being the focal point hurt his aggressiveness and his confidence; not to mention the various health concerns he had at critical times; he was averaging 20ppg his first year in Minnesota before he went down with injury – just think if he’d stayed healthy they would never have taken Derrick Williams and Beasley would be playing alongside Rubio and Love right now.

    Derrick Williams is another guy who I’m disappointed in but can’t really be blamed; he came into the NBA to a team which was jam-packed with young players and no established pecking order, he wasn’t given the freedom to take chances that the talent of top prospects requires; instead he was relegated to a bench role under a demanding coach and is stuck between positions. I’m hoping he can bounce back, and he’s been on a good run lately, but I’m still disappointed.

    Xavier Henry is another guy who copped a raw deal; came into Memphis and had disputes with the front office over his pay scale because he didn’t think he had many opportunities to play behind established veterans. Eventually settled, looked like a potentially elite defender for someone so young and just needed a bit of confidence to get his scoring back, but got the injury bug, was traded a few times and in a shocking amount of time for a such a highly rated prospect he can barely even see the floor because teams don’t think he’s worth the investment.

    I think we attribute too much weight to the old saying that “the cream rises to the top”; because there are just so many factors which can hinder a rookie’s chances of establishing themselves; and there’s an increasingly small window for players to secure a position as a cornerstone which makes it even more difficult.

    This is where a proper minor league system would be ideal; it would provide a place for teams to develop players without having to risk their chances of winning NBA games; players who had the potential to be great scorers would be given a chance to hone their craft as great scorers being the first option on a team in a lower division.

    Another solution would be to go back to the old days of draft picks being allowed to stay in college.

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  • #755970
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    Brew Meister Smith
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    Steve Francis

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  • #755972
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    meirmeir13

    Joesph Forte

    During his carolina days everyone wanted to be him. Came into the league and did nothing.

    Wagner – Great highschool player, but injuries harmed his potential was scoring 60 points without being able to see and stomach bleeding.

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  • #755975
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    Reeko
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    I’ll start off with Joey Graham, who my Raptors took #8 over Iguodala smh… Is he even in the league anymore?
    Second I’ll go with Sebastian Telfair, there really is no prospect hype quite like hype in New York.. Can’t lie I bought his book, and it’s a great story about his dedication to the sport and all the things he had to deal with on the road to becoming an eventual Lottery pick. Unfortunately, his actual NBA career has turned out to be more “meh” than anything.

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    • #755989
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      sportspolymath
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      Gets great looks, just can;t hit them and doesn’t miss by much. He was always so close, but couldn’t take that next step.

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    • #755995
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      theTKOshow
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      our amazing raps management took araujo that year at #8 and then followed that up by taking graham ahead of granger. most moves we make require a “smh” at the end of it. graham was probably the closest build and athleticism ive seen to lebron but jumpshot had as much touch as shaqs did

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  • #755982
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    I thought he was going to own the league. Morrison was a 20 point scorer I was certain of it, but did not happen for him. Beasley smh is a guy I have officially given up on after this season. Beasley should be a monster but dude has no heart. B Easy is soft mentally.

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  • #755988
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    sportspolymath
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    Sure there have been others, but I thought Pearl was going to the Hall.

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  • #756005
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    Platypus
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    As a pistons fan it will always be Darko for me

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    • #756017
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      Sharp Shooter
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      I knew we couldn’t go through this topic without someone mentioning Darko Milicic.

      Anyways,

      Hasheem Thabeet…Everyone thought he was going to be Mutumbo 2.0.. he couldn’t even be theo ratliff

      Greg Oden- Injuries plagued him.

      Andrew Bynum- Just when you thought his injury bug is over, it starts again. His mentality doesn’t help either.

      Stromile Swift- I thought he was going to be an All Star at least once. Thought wrong.

      DeAndre Jordan- Can run, jump out the gym, power player. Has the basketball IQ of a middle schooler. As well as his post game never came along..too concentrated on alley-oop, highlight reel plays.

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  • #756015
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    Current players in no order…

    Bargnani, Xavier Henry, Derrick Williams, John Wall, Tyree Evans, Beasley, Kwame Brown, Marvin Williams, Sebastian Telfair.

    In the amount of ink this guys got in high school, overseas, in college. They haven’t done much! Sure they’re still young, but like others before them…over-hyped! Throw in Josh Selby, Tony Wroten too. For those two dudes…what was the rush to leave college early? Wroten is playing in Reno (trash-can town) and Selby is working the night shift at Wawa. They should’ve stayed in college and improved their game!

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  • #756049
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    Mr. 19134
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    So many names have been mentioned that I agree with, like Bayless for instance. He was everybit as good as guys like Mayo, Gordon, and Westbrook in high school and college, he had the same freakish athleticism and everything I don’t know what happen.

    Beasley I think is just a stoner or something because he just oozes with talent, and when he’s on is an unstoppable scorer. He’s just never on, or…on the wrong things…

    But one disapointment that hasn’t been mentioned for me is JR Smith. JR Smith has the tools to be the best SG in this league. Like what Harden is doing now for Houston, I always thought Smith had similar ability to go somewhere and become one of the leagues deadliest scorers. I knew it would never happen for sure when he signed with New York to continue to be a 6th Man instead of the THE MAN. SMH.

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