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Don't Believe the Hype: Building the Worst NBA Lottery of the Last 15 Years
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The 2011 NBA Draft is right around the corner. And this year's class is a doozy. But not in a good way.

It is generally acknowledged that this season's class is the weakest in years. And without a clear-cut face-of-the-franchise type player to be found, teams will be on the lookout for diamonds in the rough, hidden gems that could ultimately yield great results.

But these teams should beware. Drafting lesser-known prospects based on raw talent, brief track records and one-dimensional skill sets can do more harm than good. In the last 15 years of NBA drafts, countless teams have gambled on unpolished or unprepared prospects, and come away much worse off than they were in the first place.

This list is a countdown of the biggest busts the draft has seen recently. It is not simply a compilation of the biggest disappointments, however. The number two player on this list, for instance, is not necessarily the second biggest bust of the last 15 years, just the biggest bust drafted second overall.

With that brief preamble out of the way, we move on to the slides!

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