As the decade draws to a close I thought it appropriate to look back on some of the worst decision-making that went on. These selections ruined franchises, cost people jobs and caused heads to roll. (some more than others). The way I’ve gone about choosing these is a combination of how big of a waste the pick was, how high the pick was, and what could have potentially been done with the pick had the team gone in another direction.
This list does not include 2009 because there has not been enough time to assess that draft. I did look at the drafts from 2008 and 2007, but none of those players made this list either. I think it’s also important to note that Marty Blake, the NBA's director of scouting, praised most of these selections when they happened, and yet he’s still considered a genius by most people in the NBA.
If there’s someone you felt should have been on the list, or shouldn’t have, write about it in the comments section and hopefully we can have some productive discussion.
Here’s some guys who just missed the cut.
Yi Jianlian 2007, 6th overall, Bucks
Patrick O'Bryant 2006, 9th overall, Warriors
Shelden Williams 2006, 5th overall, Hawks
Luke Jackson 2004, 10th overall, Cavs
Chris Wilcox 2002, 8th overall, Clippers
Dajuan Wagner 2002, 6th overall, Cavaliers
Jay Williams 2002, 2nd overall, Bulls
Eddie Griffin 2001, 7th overall, Nets
Darius Miles 2000, 3rd overall, Clippers
Marcus Fizer, 2000, 4th overall, Bulls
Stromile Swift 2000, 2nd overall, Grizzlies
DerMarr Johnson 2000, 6th overall, Hawks