Former NBA Lottery Pick Robert Swift Makes Headlines for All the Wrong Reasons

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistMarch 5, 2013

LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 21:   Robert Swift #31 of the Seattle SuperSonics looks to pass against Corey Maggette #50 of the Los Angeles Clippers on October 21, 2006 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers won 86-82.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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It's not uncommon for fleeting players in the NBA to strike it rich quick, and then slide just as quickly into bankruptcy, which is just the path that former Seattle SuperSonics center Robert Swift took, and has recently come to light (via KOMO News).

Swift was drafted by the SuperSonics as a lottery pick back in 2004. He had no college experience, coming straight from high school as a big, goofy-looking center who had plenty of room to grow, just not a lot to offer a team right out of the gate.

Still, Seattle drafted him in hopes that his height would at least translate to some sort of production on the court, and it did, for a minute or two.

His second year in the league was one that showed the promise the Sonics were looking for, as he averaged six points and six rebounds in 20 minutes a game. Only that was that, nothing else came of his career.

Swift tore his right ACL in the following preseason after earning the starting center spot, and eventually limped his way out of the league.

He made it just four years in the NBA before his services in the league were no longer wanted, and he disappeared into relative obscurity, until recently.

After facing foreclosure last year, Swift refused to leave his house and was living there until recently when he up and left, facing legal action.

When Swift finally left, the new owners found the house filled with garbage, empty beer bottles and holes in the wall thanks to everything from fists to bullets.

While Swift hasn't been a part of the league for over three years now, it's still sad to see a former player end up like this.