Breaking Down 7 Former NBA Lottery Picks Who Need Fresh Starts

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Breaking Down 7 Former NBA Lottery Picks Who Need Fresh Starts
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Being a lottery pick in the NBA draft can be both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, a spot in the Top 14 ensures a higher starting salary and usually portends more playing time to develop as a rookie.

On the other hand, those taken earlier in the draft are typically subjected to greater pressure and scrutiny from coaches, teammates, front office personnel and fans alike.

Some have the requisite talent and mental approach to survive, if not thrive, amidst those conditions.

And some, well, aren't so lucky. Such problems are particularly common among those prospects who don't deserve to go so early, but for whom teams "reach" anyway.

Not that the weight of expectations is at all reserved for those taken higher than their talent would recommend. It's hardly unusual for much-ballyhooed ballers to also find their surroundings decidedly less than comfortable and to suffer on the court as a result.

That inevitably makes a change of scenery a smart idea for those who struggle with the conditions over which they had no control, as is the case with these seven former lottery losers.


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