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Why He Was Chosen So High: Kwame Brown was regarded as the best high school player and player in the draft. He was a McDonald's All-American and was coming off a great high school season.
Why He is on This List: Brown is on this list because he is arguably one of the worst No. 1 overall picks that just did not play well at all. He was not injured, he just sucked. In Brown's third season with Washington, it seemed as if he was getting the hang of the NBA game when he averaged 10.9 points per game for the season. That was the peak, though, as his numbers went down year after year following that season. It is known as the worst pick Michael Jordan ever made, hurting his reputation as a general manager as it had just begun. Ironically, Jordan has given him another chance in Charlotte.
Who Else Could They Have Taken?: Players drafted after Brown were Tyson Chandler, Pau Gasol, Jason Richardson, Shane Battier, Joe Johnson, Zach Randolph, Tony Parker, Gerald Wallace and Gilbert Arenas.
What It Could Have Looked Like: Chris Whitney, Richard Hamilton, Michael Jordan, Christian Laettner and Pau Gasol.