Anytime sports fans cross that bridge and engage in nonpartisan discussion about players and teams (often after a few brews), both active and long gone, one topic that almost always percolates into the conversation is how so many great athletes squandered their talent on bad teams.
No matter who your favorite teams or players are, we all feel a universal sense of outrage—often the circumstances are beyond the person's control. While the draft gives struggling franchises a practical way to upgrade their talent, it does not mean they will make the most of it.
For all the draft busts littered through the history of pro sports, we simply have no way of knowing if the same outcome would have resulted with a different team. Regardless, there are plenty of players who have gone to bad teams and still been productive.
But, how much better could they have been somewhere else? It is a frustrating thought exercise as a bystander and absolute torture to fans of the team in question.
These are 20 of the Best Players Wasting Their Talent on Bad Teams.