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The native of Lagos, Nigeria, nicknamed the "Kandi Man," never came close to his averages of 22 points and 11 rebounds that he amassed at the University of the Pacific. Los Angeles thought he could put up similar numbers and took him first in 1998.
His NBA career turned in averages of 8.3 points and 6.8 rebounds, not the statistics of first overall draft selection. He was taken before Vince Carter (fifth), Dirk Nowitzki (ninth), Paul Pierce (10th).
His best season came in 2002-2003 when he averaged 12.3 points and 9.1 rebounds, but only played 36 games before he was injured and missed the rest of the season.
When guys like Shaq and Tim Duncan put up similar seasons, we say they are done and need to hang it up, but for the Kandi Man, that was the best he could do.
After the 2002-2003 season, Olowokandi averaged just 5.1 points per game. He was diminished due to inconsistent play as a result of injury. He finished his career with 4,135 points in 11 seasons.
To put that in perspective, the 2004 No. 1 overall pick, Dwight Howard, accumulated the same amount of points in less than four seasons.
The Kandi Man tops the list as the biggest bust in the last 20 seasons.