With the NBA Draft Lottery upon us the image of a future superstar such as LeBron James, Blake Griffin, or Derek Rose, standing on a stage next to David Stern may be fresh in the minds of NBA fans. A college star or high school legend celebrating the start of a career that will surely be filled with highlights, awards, and hopefully titles.
After all the teams that come up with the top picks will surely land the top players, at least that's how it's supposed to work.
NBA general managers may be focused on avoiding a slightly different scenario.
They're going to want to avoid the dreaded draft night mistake.
The seemingly "can't miss" top pick who shows great promise but never comes close to fulfilling it. The fact of the matter is that there are no guarantees.
While some top picks will fulfill, or even exceed expectations, others will head in a different direction.
Using the 1984 Draft as a chronological starting point here are the ten biggest draft mistakes in modern NBA history.