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NBA Draft 2011: The 25 Biggest Lottery Selection Screw-Ups in NBA History

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NBA Draft 2011: The 25 Biggest Lottery Selection Screw-Ups in NBA History
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You're now staring at the best and worst of the NBA draft lottery. In one corner, you have Shaquille O'Neal, who was rightfully taken first overall by the Orlando Magic in the 1992 NBA Draft. In the other corner, Darko Milicic was picked over Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in 2003 by the Detroit Pistons. It seemed understandable at the time, since Darko was being hailed as the next great center, but that theory failed rather quickly.

The unpredictability of the careers of these prized prospects are more uncertain than the bounces of the ping-pong balls in a cordoned-off tub overseen by NBA security. Here we have the 25 biggest screw-ups since the lottery was instituted in 1985.

Draft results courtesy of NBA Hoops Online.

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