NBA Draft 2011: Adam Morrison and 25 Best College Stars To Flop in NBA Past 1985

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NBA Draft 2011: Adam Morrison and 25 Best College Stars To Flop in NBA Past 1985
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If an NBA draft pick fails to meet expectations, he either falls into one of three categories.


The picked player performed well for his initial team, but left fans wanting more. Mike Conley Jr. falls into this category. Picked fourth in the 2007 NBA draft, Conley is a serviceable point guard, but I can pick 10 starting floor generals in the playoffs right now who I'd rather give the ball to in crunch time.



Kwame Brown territory. A guy who never came close to expectations, yet hangs around the league as a journeyman. Historical examples include Billy Owens and Kent Benson.


Extreme Bust, or the Flop

Someone who bombed out of the league in a very short period of time, like the aforementioned Adam Morrison.

This is where this slideshow focuses, picking the 25 best college basketball players since 1985 who turned out to be flops, regardless of whether or not they had high professional expectations.

I'd go back to 1946, but I can hear the collective mouse clicks of everyone flipping to the next slide as soon as I mention Art Heyman and Dick Schnittker. The 1984-85 season, the first year the NCAA tournament had 64 teams, seems like a good starting point.

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