NBA Rookies 2012: High Picks Destined to Flop in the League

Chris HummerAnalyst IOctober 28, 2012

October 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Charlotte Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) against the New Orleans Hornets during the second half of a preseason game at the New Orleans Arena. The Hornets defeated the Bobcats 97-82.  Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
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The 2012 NBA rookie class was one of the deepest in years with college stars falling deep in the draft and tantalizing talents at the top.

However, there are a few high draft picks that will never live up to their superstar promise. 

Either because they landed in a terrible situation, have a career-hindering flaw in their game or because they were just a reach at the position they were selected in.

So, here are three high picks destined to flop in the NBA.


Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Bobcats

The No. 2 overall pick is the type of player every team wants.

He hustles, makes all the correct basketball plays, rebounds, passes and would fit within any system. Is it any wonder why the Bobcats made him the second-overall pick?

Only thing is, any time a player is selected at No. 2, they're expected to be a superstar and Kidd-Gilchrist just doesn't have the game to live up to those expectations.

He's an explosive athlete, but not the type of creative scorer that the Bobcats need him to be. He's deadly in the open court, but doesn't have the shot to excel in a half-court offense.

Kidd-Gilchrist will be a solid NBA player, no doubt about that. However, he will never be the superstar Charlotte envisions him being. 

You can expect 15 points and six rebounds for his entire career, but he's just not the type of player that transcends a franchise.


Terrence Ross, Toronto Raptors

This was the biggest reach of the draft when the Raptors selected Ross at No. 8, and the months following haven't made the pick look much better.

The Washington star was one of the most athletic players in the draft. He's long, can jump and is quick. He's also got an outstanding outside shot and a knack for putting the ball in the bucket.

He's also a wiry 6'7" at 198 pounds and has a lot of muscle to pack onto his frame.

He also has a lot of work to do on his game. At Washington he only averaged 16.4 points a game in a weak conference, and the competition only gets better in the NBA.

Ross should be a capable scorer in the league, but he'll never be a star. He is perfectly capable of being a solid starter but he'll never be the phenomenon the Raptors desperately need.


Dion Waiters, Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavs hit on their No. 1 overall pick in 2011 with Kyrie Iriving, but have reached on their next two top-five picks. First, with the selection of Tristan Thompson in 2011 and then with Dion Waiters this season.

Waiters, who was only a sixth man at Syracuse, was picked almost solely on potential.

He's a crafty scorer with a strong upper body and array of shots that remind many of Dwyane Wade.

The thing is, Wade was a star at Marquette and Waiters wasn't even close. He was a super talented kid that tended to disappear in big games. 

Waiters has the potential to be a star, but more than likely he'll be a major bust.