The NBA draft is much more crucial, then let's say the NFL. In the NFL you give your rookies a couple of years until you expect them to produce for you.
Let's take college star JaMarcus Russel. The Raiders aren't expecting him to be good right away and aren't expecting him to hand them titles right away.
So I decided to take my time, look up stats, facts and drafts and do no other than deciding on the ten worst draft picks of the last 10 years.
I decided not to use freak injuries to decide who would be here (no one expected that to Jason Williams) and decide to base my selections on the amount of disgust and disappointment from the given franchise and who was passed over on that pick.
Obviously, this draft class wasn't greatly stacked, but the Nuggets really could of gone for anyone else in the first round and gotten a better contribution. It was actually this pick that resulted in General Manager Kiki into losing his job.
At least Nikoloz made managers think twice before drafting another European player.
Really, except for Dirk, you just can't expect a European big man with perimeter skills to produce success. Right away people realized this pick really was awful, and then we realized that you really can't trust a big man with barely any inside skills who might make a three unguarded in this league.
This player is now so unknown that there is no picture of him on google. Unlike Fred, Nikoloz actually attempted at playing in the NBA with the Nuggets; Fred has so far never played in the NBA, and most likely never will.
I guess a bit like Rubio, Fred came forward a bit after the draft announcing he would stay in Spain. (Must be a Spanish custom). But this teaches us a valuable lesson: If a player you are about to draft probably won't play on your team or in the NBA for that matter, best you don't draft him.
Everyone expected this pick...I mean who wouldn't pick a big and strong center, with great footwork, right? Well, hopefully now a lot of people; with career stats along the lines of 8 points and 6 boards, Kandi is not the measuring stick for people who went first in the draft.
The Clippers missed out on players they now sure wish they had taken: Mike Bibby, Vince Carter. Back then picking anyone but Kandi actually would of kind of been a surprise. It would be like not picking Blake Griffin first.
They also missed out on ninth pick Dirk Nowitzski, but who would of guessed he would of turned out like such a good player?
Micheal finally produced decent numbers when his contract was on the line, but when assured money again he relaxed back into his usual bad playing self. Thus lies the morale: biggest body doesn't mean biggest heart...(or skill).
Could be considered one of the biggest busts of all time, maybe the biggest of this decade because Darko was picked above Carmelo.
But would the Pistons have won a championship with a superstar, scorer, and distraction like Carmelo on their roster?
Darko never seemed to bother any one and never complained about the way Larry Brown felt about respecting and playing rookies...another reason Darko's career is at the stage it is instead of what "could have been." Darko is still young and he may have time to develop, but I still declare this pick a bust.
How could this pick not be higher? Almost every sports critic calls this the biggest draft bust of the decade! And, yes he is one of the worst first picks of all time in the draft, but compared to the other people in the draft, he actually wasn't awful.
There was Pau Gasol, by far the best player in the draft, but other than that there were people like Tyson Chandler, and Eddy Curry.
Kwame still is one of the worst draft picks, and him not reaching expectations really hurt the franchise at the time. A perfect example of why it's good Stern abolished drafting high school players.
I mean Fizer never really produced much as a PF, but the Bulls trusted him so much that they got rid of their present PF Elton Brand.
In the Bulls defense their wasn't really a lot of good players in this draft, and with Fizers dominance in college, most people did expect him to do good at the NBA level.
Tractor Traylor was only one of two players in the top 10 to not average more than 10 points.
During games Robert just didn't seem to take any of it seriously, and was slowing down and losing fitness due to his addiction to food.
I actually thought hard about putting Dunleavy here. The '02 draft was not a draft that produced great players, and compared to most of the rest of the draft, Mike wasn't actually that bad of a pick.
He averaged 11 points a game during his career so far, which is good compared to the rest of these busts, but nonetheless the Warriors expected more out of a third pick.
Another reason I put him here is because it seems that the Warriors achieved more once Mike was shipped out.
Couldn't decide between Williams and the 10th bust, then went with Williams at Number nine because of the Hawks passing over Deron Williams and Chris Paul.
While Williams could be battling to stay in the line up in two years, Paul and Williams will be MVP candidates and leading their teams to victory. Williams could turn out to be a decent player, but the Hawks are always going to regret passing over two great players.
Another reason Stern pulled the final straw on not letting High school players in the draft. Swift was maybe the 15th, at most 20th best player in the McDonalds All American.
But he seduced the Sonics with his height. People say he has an injury that relates to him not developing, but at the moment may Nikoloz hasn't amounted to more.