NBA Draft: Five Sure-Fire Busts in This Year's Crop

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NBA Draft: Five Sure-Fire Busts in This Year's Crop

Because he was chosen one pick ahead of Michael Jordan in the 1984 draft, Trail Blazers selection Sam Bowie is the poster child for NBA Draft "busts."

Never mind the fact Bowie actually went on to have a semi-respectable, 10-year career in the league.

The big man from Kentucky averaged 10.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game while playing for the Blazers, Nets, and Lakers.  He put up 15-and-8 in his best season.

Maybe Bowie's career would have played out differently if he were 100% healthy.

Either way, fair or unfair, he's that guy.

The mistake draft pick.

Bowie is not alone, though. There was Kenny Walker, the 5th pick in 1986. Bryant Reeves (6th pick, 1995) certainly qualifies. We can't forget Michael Olowokandi (1st pick, 1998). Hell, you could even argue the entire 2000 draft became one great, big head-shaker.

We could go on forever highlighting the worst draft picks of each year (including the three lottery picks who died).

Although we all anticipate the draft, and the rookies our teams select, we should know half of these guys will be out of the league in five years.

For now, let's look at five high-profile players who most likely will disappoint.

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