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The NBA's 10 Worst No. 1 Overall Picks in the Lottery Era

When the ping balls in the NBA’s draft lottery bounce your way, life is supposed to be good, but that's not always the case.

If you're in the lottery, you're a bad basketball team, or you were the previous year (exception to the rule: 2007-08 Golden State Warriors who went 48-24). What makes bad worse? When the precious reward for total failure, the top pick, doesn’t become the savior of the franchise—Lebron, Shaq, A.I.—and the reality sets in you’ll be paying many millions to an underachieving, petulant adolescent for years to come.

It’s like giving money to Bernie Madoff.

Or hoping to retire off the proceeds from selling your David Robinson rookie cards.

You want lobster, but the basketball gods give you fish sticks.

On Thursday, for the third time in the Lottery Era, the Los Angeles Clippers select first in the NBA Draft. They know all about the fish sticks.

The Magic went first three times scoring Shaq, Chris Webber (traded for Penny Hardaway), and Dwight Howard. No banners in Orlando, but not bad.

Suffice to say, not all no. 1 overall picks are created equal.

Is Blake Griffin destined one day for this list? He plays a position where he’ll be battling guys like Tim Duncan, Amare Stoudemire, and Pau Gasol just to name a few. The Big 12 is good, but what lies ahead is just a teeny bit better.

BTW, the four guys who didn’t make either the 10 Best or 10 Worst list:

Chris Webber--Career averages: 20.7 points, 9.8 rebounds--1994 ROY

Kenyon Martin--Career averages: 14.1 points, 7.1 rebounds

Elton Brand--Career averages: 20 points, 10.1 rebounds

Glenn Robinson--Career averages: 20.7 points, 6.1 rebounds--Member of 2005 Champion San Antonio Spurs

And now...The NBA's Ten Worst No. 1 Overall Picks In The Lottery Era

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