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Top 5 Tuesday: NBA Draft Busts

Just because you think they are good doesn't mean they are.

5. Greg Oden, 2007 number 1 pick, Portland Trail Blazers

It may be a tad premature to call Greg Oden a bust when he still has time to turn around his career but when you combine expectations vs output then Oden falls way short so far. Appearing only in 82 games thru his first four seasons, the oft injured 7 footer has lived up to his appearance, old, and not the top draft selection. If he can stay healthy, then he has a chance to turn around his bust perception.

 

4. Darko Milichic, 2003 number 2 pick, Detroit Pistons

When your picked after LeBron James and before Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and Chris Kaman than you better show something at the next level. Unfortunately, all Darko showed was fine bench form as he averaged a paltry 5.6 points and 4 boards a game thru his first 8 seasons. Extra criticism goes to the Pistons for flubbing so badly with their pick, considering what they passed up.

 

3. Robert Trailer, 1998 number 6 pick, Dallas Mavericks

I want to start out by saying that I had witnessed some enjoyable Trailer moments when he was a Cleveland Cavalier but due to the events surrounding his draft, he has to be considered a bust. He was drafted number 6 by the Mavericks and shipped to the Milwaukee Bucks for future franchise player Dirk Nowitzki and the number 19 pick, Pat Garrity. Dallas then turned Garrity and their next years number 1 pick into Steve Nash with a trade to Phoenix. So two future Hall of Famers for a guy who averaged 4.8 points and 3.7 boards a game for his career…not a bad deal.

 

2. Kwame Brown, 2110 number 1 pick, Washington Wizards

This pick by the Wizards was a clear indication that while Michael Jordan was a minor deity on the court, his talent evaluation skills leave a lot to be desired. Jordan picked Brown number 1 overall, leaving the likes of Pau Gasol, Jason Richardson and Joe Johnson on the table for others to scoop up. For his disappointing career, Brown averaged just 6.7 points per game.

 

1. La Rue Martin, 1972 number 1 pick, Portland TrailBlazers

It's one thing to be drafted ahead of potential Hall of Famers and then failing to do anything on the court but when time proves the certainty of those said players, it tends to make you look worse. Martin was the number 1 overall pick in the '72 draft and never got it going in the NBA. He had a short lived 4 year career that saw him average just 5 points and 4 rebounds a game in that stretch. To make it worse, Julius Irving (picked 12th) and Bob McAdoo (picked 2nd) , Hall of Famers both, were chosen after him.

 

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