It almost doesn't seem fair.
Without playing in either a preseason, or regular-season game, without so much as a practice, there are NBA draft prospects deemed "busts" before they're even selected.
Coming off a season in which Jeremy Lin became one of the NBA's top stories, one might think Lin's path to the NBA as an undrafted point guard from the Ivy League would help to change the traditional techniques used to evaluate talent.
Even with the NBA draft one month away, there are already players who are seeing their stock fall. Falling draft stock doesn't have to curtail one's career. As Jeremy Lin showed this past season, even a player who goes undrafted can eventually make a huge impact in the NBA.
Falling draft stock will without question impact the money that player makes in his initial contract. There's a big difference between the top of the lottery and the middle of the first round. Same goes for the second round, where guaranteed deals are in no way assured.
Which players are dropping right now? Who is being saddled with the dreaded "bust" label, and more importantly, can that label be shed?