NBA Draft Since 2000: Busting My Way Through: Part 1 of 3

March 1st, 2010 by Pete Toal Leave a reply »
I am writing my way through my list of the top three busts each year of the NBA Draft since 2000. I will also list a few honorable mention candidates along the way. I will be making this a three-day, three-part series, so let's revisit some history, shall we...





This draft had to be the weakest by far as talent goes as many teams banked on potential rather than pure skill.

1. Stromile Swift

The send pick out of LSU was nothing more than a dunk machine coming into the draft with a high ceiling for untapped potential as a lost post scorer and rebounding threat after leading LSU to the Sweet 16 his sophomore year. He was taken by the Vancouver Grizzlies and played limited minutes in his rookie campaign (16 minutes) and showed raw post skills (scoring five points per game). It wasn't until his second season in the NBA to where he showed what he was capable of when he had career highs in points (12), rebounds (six), and blocks (1.7). It didn't last long, as his low basketball IQ and limited work ethic cost him a solid career in the league, as he was traded four times ...

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