NBA Draft: Top Blunders of the 21st Century
Being a New York native, I can't help but notice the display that Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings is putting on.
I cringed when the Knicks announced Jordan Hill over Demar DeRozan and Brandon Jennings. Although it is very early in the season, it seems to be on the fast track to being one of the worst passes of the 21st century.
The Hill over Jennings move is not on my list yet, but it will be on here someday.
Here is a list of the Top 5 NBA Draft Blunders of the 21st Century.
5. 2003 NBA Draft: Darko Milicic over Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade.
Explanation: This wasn't on the list until Detroit made it obvious it intends to be involved in the 2010 Free Agent chase. The Pistons won the title in 03-04, so it was excused. But they are in the hunt for Bosh, whom they could have had from the beginning. Darko is playing on the Knicks and it makes a New Yorker realize how bad things really are. If Darko is around next year and LeBron lands in NY, he can flash the ring that he earned for sitting on the bench.
4. 2007 NBA Draft: Greg Oden over Kevin Durant
Explanation: I wasn't in the majority of the people who thought Oden could be the next "Bill Russell." The sheer nature of Sam Bowie just lingered over my head when Portland won the 2007 Draft Lottery.
Portland of all franchises, should have been scared away from a big man who had major knee surgery. Kevin Durant could have went straight to the NBA from high school, and proved that in his first year at the University of Texas. What he is doing for the Oklahoma City Thunder right now is amazing.
They didn't get their sixth win until the 38th game of the season last year. They are at 6-5 as this article is being written. If he stays healthy, Durant will be a perennial All-Star from now on.
3. 2001 NBA Draft: Tony Parker being the last selection of the 1st Round, Gilbert Arenas being a 2nd Rounder.
Explanation: These two guys are the two best players out of that entire draft, with Pau Gasol and Joe Johnson following. There wasn't a point guard taken until the 24th pick, Raul Lopez of the Utah Jazz. Jamaal Tinsley was the second PG taken with the pick that preceded Tony Parker. This has to be one of the greatest failures in NBA Draft history. The best scorer wasn't even selected until the second round. This isn't number one because too many teams got this wrong.
2. 2002 NBA Draft: Nene Hilario over Amar'e Stoudemire
Explanation: The Knicks have always had a fascination with taking unproven foreign talent over sure bets (Frederic Weis over Ron Artest). This isn't really a knock on Nene, but Amar'e was a stud from the beginning and the Knicks missed out once again. Again this is high on the list because they will be involved with trying to get Amar'e to New York in 2010.
1. 2006 NBA Draft: Adam Morrison over Brandon Roy
Explanation: How did the experts get this one wrong. These two played in the same state in college. They both played a minimum of three years, so there should have been tons of tape.
Leave it to Michael Jordan to miss out on a stud like Roy, in exchange for Morrison, who was a media darling (along with J.J. Redick) that played at notorious "mid-major" Gonzaga. Adam Morrison received a ring from the Lakers last year in a Darko Milicic-type role.
It's sad to see him go from being so hyped to sitting in a suit watching Kobe put up 40. Roy is an cornerstone on a franchise that should have Kevin Durant playing beside him. But as fate would have it, Oden was the choice.
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