Yao Ming and NBA’s 15 Biggest No. 1 Draft Pick Busts in Last 50 Years

August 9th, 2010 by Joseph Edmondson Leave a reply »
When Yao Ming was drafted as the number one overall pick in 2002, the Houston Rockets looked forward to a future filled with championships. Yao, the biggest import ever seen in the NBA, figuratively and literally, brought the expectations of an entire nation with him.

Eight years later, the Houston Rockets have no championship to show for Yao.

Yao, on the other hand, has a laundry list of injuries that have caused him to miss 175 games, including the entire 2009-10 season. If you call that a bust, I suppose some people would agree. I am not one of them.

There is no doubt that the first pick of any draft is the player teams feel will benefit them the most. Being selected as the number one pick means you’re the man, you’ve got expectations to be met, and you’ll be praised if you do, damned if you don’t.

With names like Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the list of past number ones, sometimes teams do succeed when they roll the dice on promising rookies.

Then, there are these guys, the fifteen biggest number one pick busts of the past fifty years. As you will see, Yao's clearly not a bust.

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