One of the worst labels an NBA player can earn is that of a draft bust. This means that they were a highly touted and greatly hyped college player taken at a decent position in the draft, but they just couldn't cut it on the professional level.
Rather than make numerous All-Star appearances and win awards, they may be forced to head overseas to earn their fortune or begin their career as a studio analyst a few years earlier than planned. Sadly, some of the rookies drafted in 2011 are slowly headed down this road.
Be it because of lack of minutes or just struggling to adapt to the professional level, some of the men taken in the first round of the 2011 draft now have an uphill battle ahead of them. This season, they need to set themselves apart from the rest of their teammates to show their team's coaches and front office that they belong and can be valuable contributors.
The only problem is that these men are the type who need significant minutes in order to be effective, and their team's projected rotation just doesn't allow for them to get more than garbage time.
Take Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette, for example. Here is a man who led the nation in scoring his senior season at BYU and was taken 10th overall in the draft but whose lack of size and versatility has hampered him in the NBA. Outside of long-range shooting, he has yet to find his niche and now is stuck in a crowded Kings backcourt.
Barring some luck and major turnaround in play, Fredette and some of his draft classmates may very well be out of the NBA by the end of the year.