The Worst NBA Draft Classes of All Time

Steven JCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2008

5. 1975 NBA Draft

Top Five Picks: 1. David Thompson 2. David Meyers 3. Marvin Webster 4. Alvan Adams 5. Darryl Dawkins

David Thompson was a great player and is a Hall of Famer. He only played nine seasons due to injury and alcohol problems. Besides Thompson, this draft only consisted of two All-Stars—Alvan Adams and Lionel Hollins.


4. 1990 NBA Draft

Top Five Picks: 1. Derrick Coleman 2. Gary Payton 3. Chris Jackson 4. Dennis Scott 5. Kendall Gill 

Derrick Coleman was a career 16/9 player, and made one All-Star appearance. Gary Payton is a future Hall of Famer, and was the only great player in this draft. It had many lottery pick flops. The others that made an All-Star appearance were Tyrone Hill, Jayson Williams, Antonio Davis, and Cedric Ceballos.


3. 1973 NBA Draft

Top Five Picks: 1. Doug Collins 2. Jim Brewer 3. Ernie DiGregorio 4. Mike Green 5. Kermit Washington

Doug Collins had a very solid career and was a four-time All-Star. Besides Collins, this was a draft that only had three other All-Stars—Kermit Washington, George McGinnis, and Larry Kenon—but none were great players.


2. 1971 NBA Draft

Top Five Picks: 1. Austin Carr 2. Sidney Wicks 3. Elmore Smith 4. Ken Durrett 5. George Trapp

Austin Carr was a career 15 point per game scorer, and made only one All-Star appearance. Sidney Wicks had a solid career and made four All-Star appearances. This draft was very weak because it produced only four All-Stars.


1. 2000 NBA Draft

Top Five Picks: 1. Kenyon Martin 2. Stromile Swift 3. Darius Miles 4. Marcus Fizer 5. Mike Miller

Kenyon Martin is a solid player, but has bad character issues. He has career averages of 14 points and seven rebounds per game. In his second season, he helped his team go to the Finals, but they were swept by the Lakers.

Stromile Swift, Darius Miles, and Marcus Fizer were major draft busts. Mike Miller is a solid player and a great shooter. Michael Redd was drafted in the second round, and is one of the best shooters in the game today.

Overall, I thought this draft was the worst because only three players have made All-Star teams (Martin, Jamaal Magloire, and Redd). None of these are great players though.