It's Bigger Than Basketball

How It Shakes Up the NBA

Grading Every Draft Pick

Complete Draft Results

NBA's Top-Five Worst Draft Picks of This Decade

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse more stories
NBA's Top-Five Worst Draft Picks of This Decade

5. Denver Nuggets draft Nikoloz Tskitishvili with the 5th overall pick in 2002.

In 2002, the Nuggets drafted Tskitishvili, having high expectations of the seven footer. In 172 career games, he's averaged three points, two rebounds, 0.7 assists, and 0.3 blocks, and has shot a pathetic 30 percent from the field.

He was drafted ahead of All Stars Amare Stoudemire and Caron Butler. If they wouldn't have picked Tskitishvili and drafted Stoudemire, they would have been a completely different team in the past five seasons. 

 

4. Cleveland Cavaliers draft Dajuan Wagner with the 6th overall pick in 2002.

In his rookie season, Dajuan Wagner averaged 13.4 points, 1.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and shot 36 percent from the field. Wagner was compared to Allen Iverson for his scoring ability. Obviously, that didn't happen. Even though he suffered injuries in 2004, he still had no future ahead of him. By the 2006 season, he was out of the league.

 

3. Atlanta Hawks draft Marvin Williams with the 2nd overall pick in 2005.

In the 2005 draft, the Hawks were looking to draft a point guard. Many expected the Hawks to draft either Chris Paul or Deron Williams. Instead, they drafted small forward Marvin Williams. Even though he is a solid player with the Hawks, he will never be as good as Chris Paul or Deron Williams.

 

2. Washington Wizards draft Kwame Brown with the 1st overall pick in 2001.

Kwame was the first No. 1 pick to be selected straight out of high school. His rookie season was not what everybody expected. He averaged four points and three rebounds while shooting 39 percent from the field. In 2004, he averaged career highs in points and rebounds, as he averaged 11 points and seven rebounds.

The Wizards offered him a five-year, $30 million deal, which he rejected. In 2005, he was traded to the Lakers for Caron Butler and Chucky Atkins. Then, in 2008, he was traded in the blockbuster deal that sent him to the Grizzlies for Pau Gasol. This past offseason, he signed a two-year deal with the Detroit Pistons.

 

1. Detroit Pistons draft Darko Milicic with the 2nd overall pick in 2003.

The Detroit Pistons were in need of a big man, so they drafted Darko Milicic. In his rookie season, he averaged only one point and one rebound while shooting a pathetic 26 percent from the field. The Pistons passed up on All Stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade.

If the Pistons drafted Chris Bosh instead of Milicic, their lineup would have consisted of Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Tayshuan Prince, Ben Wallace, and Rasheed Wallace, with Chris Bosh coming off the bench. That would have resulted in maybe another championship for the Pistons and would have started a dynasty.

Load More Stories
NBA Draft

Subscribe Now

We will never share your email address

Thanks for signing up.