2012 NBA Draft Lottery: Five Reasons Why the Charlotte Bobcats Won

Kyle ScottContributor IIIMay 31, 2012

2012 NBA Draft Lottery: Five Reasons Why the Charlotte Bobcats Won

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    In 1972 the Portland Trailblazers selected center LaRue Martin over future Hall of Famers Bob McAdoo and Julius Erving with its number one pick.

    Anthony Davis is probably going to the Hornets. And he'll probably be good.

    But just because a big man is highly touted coming out doesn't mean he's a sure thing.

    In no particular order, let's take a look at five other big man flops.

Michael Olowokandi

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    Maybe it was because he has an impossibly hard to spell last name that starts with an O that people were comparing him to Hakeem Olajuwon. But he never came close to living up to the hype.

    Among others, the Clippers missed out on Paul Pierce and Vince Carter by selecting the Kandy Man.

Kwame Brown

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    Rest easy Bobcat fans because the last time MJ selected a big man number one it was Kwame Brown. Jordan passed on Pau Gasol and Tony Parker in hopes of landing the next KG.

Greg Oden

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    Greg Oden was a can't-miss defensive specialist with limited offensive skills that were sure to develop in the pros. Sound familiar Hornets' fans?

    The Trailblazers selected Oden number one in the 2007 draft over Kevin Durant and Al Horford.

Andrea Bargnani

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    The Raptors selected Italian center Bargnani number one overall in 2006. Great job Canada. This wasn't a great draft year but they could have had LaMarcus Aldridge, Brandon Roy, or Rajon Rondo.

Derrick Coleman

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    In 1990 the Nets took Derrick Coleman number one over Gary Payton.

    This list only discusses five centers taken number one overall who didn't pan out. Certainly there have been worse picks. Whose your team's worst pick?