Welcome to BR5, your daily source for sports and pop culture. Here it is! BR5’s Top 5 NBA Draft Lottery Busts!
No. 5 on our list is Nikoloz Tskitishvili, aka Skita. When the Nuggets took Skita fifth overall in 2002, they thought they were getting a 7'0" forward they could build their franchise around. Instead, they got arguably the biggest foreign draft bust in NBA history.
Skita averaged only three points and two rebounds in four lackluster NBA seasons where he bounced around from team to team. Then he went back to Europe and continued to bounce around from team to team. If his name weren’t so hard to pronounce, he’d likely be talked about more as an all-time bust!
No. 4 Darko Milicic might not have been considered a bust if he fell anywhere out of the top five, but when you’re in the same draft as Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and you get taken second overall, you’re considered a bust. Darko has bounced around the league since 2003 and is currently buried somewhere on the Timberwolves' depth chart.
No. 3 Mouhamed Sene didn’t last long in the NBA. After being selected 10th overall by the Seattle Supersonics in 2006, Sene’s career only lasted two dismal seasons—plus six games in the '08-'09 season, if you want to call that a season. Sene is currently playing in the Spanish ACB. They still believe he has “potential."
No. 2 is our favorite basketball playing hipster, Adam Morrison. Back in 2006, Adam was Co-Player of the Year while at Gonzaga. However, that success didn’t carry over to the NBA. After being taken third overall by the Bobcats in 2007, Adam sustained a severe knee injury, which set his career back. He was later traded to the L.A. Lakers and won two NBA titles while riding the pine (Thanks, Kobe).
No. 1 is the poster boy for NBA draft busts, Kwame Brown. In Kwame’s defense, he didn’t control where he was selected, but nonetheless, he never lived up to his potential. The fact that he was Michael Jordan’s first selection as President of the Washington Wizards placed added expectations on the big man straight out of high school.