The Most Disappointing NBA Draft Picks of the Last Decade

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The Most Disappointing NBA Draft Picks of the Last Decade
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During the past 10 years, there has been an unnerving amount of regrettable NBA draft picks.

On countless occasions, scouts and executives have overestimated the potential of high-profile prospects and reached for them in the top 10. The end result is a huge disappointment and a wasted pick.

Some draft busts were doomed by an inability to find their niche in the league. For others, it was a lack of efficiency—a trait that's highly valued in the modern era. And finally, some fell short simply due to injuries.

We broke down the most disappointing draft picks since 2004 (so basically, the post-Darko draft era). The players included in our rankings entered the NBA with sky-high expectations, only to collapse and churn out feeble production.


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Rankings focused on top-10 picks. Rankings don't include international prospects who never played in the NBA (ex: Fran Vasquez), or players who have earned All-Star honors (ex: Brandon Roy).

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