Ranking Worst NBA Draft Busts of Past 25 Years

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Ranking Worst NBA Draft Busts of Past 25 Years
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Just as the names of superstars will never be forgotten once they're finished creating highlights and winning championships, so too will the names of the worst NBA draft busts live on forever.

The problem is, they'll do so in infamy.

The traditional definition of a draft bust is a player who was erroneously selected when there was a better option on the board. We think about players like Marvin Williams because he was drafted ahead of Chris Paul and Deron Williams.

But Marvin had a fairly solid career. He wasn't able to live up to the expectations associated with a No. 2 pick, but he still put together a decent career coming out of North Carolina. So should that make him a massive draft bust? 

Not in my mind. 

To determine these draft busts, the 50 worst picks of the last 25 years, I'm turning to a completely objective formula. It's one rooted in historical comparisons, as each draft pick has consistent expectations associated with it over the years. 


Note: All statistics, unless otherwise indicated, come from Basketball-Reference.com and Sports-Reference.com/cbb. 

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