The Five Worst First Overall NBA Draft Picks Over the Past 20 Years
When a team selects a player first overall in a draft, that player is expected to be a franchise player and help turn around the organization.
These five players simply did not live or have not currently lived up to the hype of being a first overall selection.
Here is a list of the five worst first overall selections in the last 20 years in the NBA.
5. Andrea Bargnani (Drafted No. 1 Overall 2006)
Bargnani is only in his third NBA season, but he hasn't really shown any reason thus far to why he should have been the first overall selection in 2006.
His career is still young and he could improve in the years to come, but up to this point, he has to be considered a bust.
4. Joe Smith (Drafted No. 1 Overall 1995)
Smith's first three years in the NBA were very promising. However, they were the best three years of his career. His career started to tail off after the '97-98 season and he never did bounce back.
3. Pervis Ellison (Drafted No. 1 Overall 1989)
Ellison averaged 20 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 0.9 steals, and 2.7 blocks per game in his third NBA season and even had another solid season the next year.
Then his career came to a screaming halt.
Throughout the next seven seasons, Ellison's scoring per game never reached over 7.3 and his rebounding per game never reached over 6.5.
He exited the NBA after only playing 11 seasons.
2. Michael Olowokandi (Drafted No. 1 Overall 1998)
Many could argue that Olowokandi may be the worst first overall pick in the past 20 years, but I'll stick him as the second worst for now.
Olowokandi only lasted for nine seasons in the NBA. The best year of his career consisisted of averaging 12.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.
He had one other season that was somewhat close to those numbers and then his career took a nose dive into the ground and he never could recover.
1. Kwame Brown (Drafted No. 1 Overall 2001)
Brown is still only 26 years old, but he is now in his 8th NBA season and really doesn't have much to show for his career thus far.
His most intriguing season came back in 03-04 with Washington, when he put up 10.9 points and 7.4 rebounds.
He hasn't come close to touching those numbers at any other point in his career. His career up to this point is showcasing he may just be the worst first overall draft pick in the last 20 years.