NBA Draft: Five Sure-Fire Busts in This Year’s Crop

May 19th, 2010 by Adrian Vicente Leave a reply »
Because he was selected over Michael Jordan, 1984 Portland Trail Blazers pick Sam Bowie is the poster child of the NBA "bust." Never mind Bowie actually went on to have a semi-respectable, 10-year career in the league. He averaged 10.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game, while playing for the Blazers, Nets and Lakers. In his best season, he averaged 15 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. One can only wonder what would have been if Bowie were 100% healthy. Either way, fair or unfair, he's that guy--the mistake draft pick. He's not alone though. There was Kenny Walker, the 5th pick in 1986. Bryant Reeves (6th pick, 1995) certainly. We can't forget Michael Olowokandi (1st pick, 1998). Hell, you could even argue the entire 2000 draft was one, great, big head-shaker. I could go on forever highlighting the worst draft picks of each year (I didn't even mention the three lottery picks who died). As much we all get excited about the draft, and the rookies our teams select, we have to know that at least half of these guys won't be in the NBA five years from now. For now, let's just look at four potential lottery picks and one high-profile player, all of whom I believe ...

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