When it comes to the NBA draft, every team is guilty of making mistakes. With this year's edition rapidly approaching, this seemed like a good time to take a look back at each team's worst lottery pick of the last 15 years.
As fans, this will be a painful trip down memory lane for all of us, but take solace in the fact that we'll be going through this together.
Now, there are a couple ground rules to keep in mind before going forward:
- While the vast majority of these picks were draft busts, that isn't the case for everyone. There are a handful of teams that have drafted well over the last 15 years and their pick will be the least productive of an otherwise solid group.
- If a player's draft rights were traded before he played a game for his initial team, the acquiring team is on the hook for that player's failures. For instance, Minnesota won't be chastised for drafting O.J. Mayo in 2008 because they were smart enough to deal him for Kevin Love later that night.
- The player must also have played at least one season with the team that drafted him (or acquired his rights).
- As the title suggests, we are only factoring in the first 14 picks of each draft. Also, we will be closing each slide with a brief rundown of players each team could have had if it didn't go in the direction it inevitably went in.
Let's get started.