NBA Power Rankings: The 36 Most Worthless Players in the League

Joseph Fafinski@Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IJune 8, 2011

NBA Power Rankings: The 36 Most Worthless Players in the League

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 18: Jamaal Magloire #21 of the Miami Heat runs back on defense agaisnt the Chicago Bulls in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 18, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Heat won 85
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    There are many superstars in the NBA, make no mistake.

    On the flip side, there are "un-stars"—guys who couldn't put a ball through a hoop to save their life.

    Whether they're overpaid (like Luke Walton), a bust (Hasheem Thabeet) or just a terrible player (Brian Scalabrine), there are horrible players all around us, and they all (including Jamaal Magloire, pictured above) have their reasons for being worthless.

    Understanding that each and every one of these players, except maybe the White Mamba, could take me in a game of one-on-one, here are the 36 most worthless players in the NBA.

    Don't hesitate to let me know if I missed out on someone, as this was a ridiculously tough topic to research.

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36. Charlie Villanueva

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    ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 03:  Charlie Villanueva #31 of the Detroit Pistons against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on November 3, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photogra
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    The Pistons are in complete shambles, and a portion of it has to do with Charlie Villanueva and his bad attitude.

    He's actually dismal on both sides of the floor and isn't doing anything for Detroit's club.

35. Sebastian Telfair

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    BOSTON - FEBRUARY 01:  Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics passes the ball as Sebastian Telfair #3 of Minnesota Timberwolves defends on February 1, 2009 at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Timberwolves 109-101. NOTE
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    Sebastian Telfair is a shining example of how name recognition can keep a guy in the league as long as he pleases.

    The fact of the matter is that Telfair is the third-string point guard on one of the NBA's worst clubs, and that in and of itself is pretty embarrassing.

34. Josh Childress

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    PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 30:  Josh Childress #1 of the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at US Airways Center on March 30, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Thunder defeated the Suns 116-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledg
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    Uh oh, three-point specialists!

    There's a new sheriff in town, and his name is Josh Childress!

    Childress drained a jaw-dropping 6.3 percent of his treys this season, his first back in the NBA after his European stint.

    Oh, wait, no one really cared when he came back, except for Sporting News Magazine, which foolishly declared him one of the 20 best offseason acquisitions.

33. Yi Jianlian

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    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 14:  Yi Jianlian #31 of the Washington Wizards during the first half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Verizon Center on March 14, 2011 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by download
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    I never miss a chance to rip on Yi Jianlian.

    To refresh your memory, he is the 7'0" Chinese import who was the Ricky Rubio of 2007—a guy who didn't want to play for Milwaukee, but decided that it was the best thing for him because he was indeed the best thing since sliced bread.

    And now?

    He averaged 5.6 points per game for the Wizards last season.

32. Greg Oden

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    CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 01: Greg Oden #52 of the Portland Trail Blazers watches from the bench as his teammates take on the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on November 1, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Trail Blazers 110-98. NOTE TO USER:
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    Greg Oden in a suit; I'm not surprised.

    Unfortunately for the Blazers, he has only suited up in 82 games over his four-year career due to injury.

    If healthy, he can be a good center, but I'm not exactly sure his worth is at an all-time high right about now.

31. Hamed Haddadi

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    LOS ANGELES - APRIL 12:  Hamed Haddadi #15 of the Memphis Grizzlies controls the ball against Jordan Farmar #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers on April 12, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  The Lakers won 92-75.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly a
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    When you've been in the league for three years and your career high is 10 points, you know you're a given for this list.

    Hamed Haddadi does practically nothing for the Grizzlies.

30. Brian Cook

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    DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 25:  Head coach Vinny Del Negro and Brian Cook #34 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on January 25, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using t
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    I'm going to be totally honest with you—I thought Brian Cook was just an injured-reserve mainstay on the Clippers.

    In actuality, the 6'9" big played 40 games for the Clips this season. He did, however, average only 4.8 points during those contests.

    Doesn't that prove he's pretty worthless?

29. Brian Cardinal

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    DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 23:  Forward Brian Cardinal #35 of the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on February 23, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User
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    Brian Cardinal is one of the more hilarious characters in the NBA.

    "The Custodian" is also pretty worthless outside of his hustle.

    For some reason or another, he actually played in last night's game and has played in other NBA Finals games, therefore making his standing lower on the list.

28. Nate Robinson

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    DALLAS, TX - MAY 17:  Nate Robinson #3 of the Oklahoma City Thunder shoots the ball while taking on the Dallas Mavericks in Game One of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on May 17, 2011 in Dallas, Texas
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    I'm sorry if you love Nate Robinson, but the truth needs to be out there. He's really nothing more than a dunker anymore.

    The fans were going nuts when he hit that three for Oklahoma City in the playoffs. 

    Doesn't that say something about how odd that was for him to do?

27. DeMarre Carroll

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    PHOENIX - NOVEMBER 25:  DeMarre Carroll #1 of the Memphis Grizzlies during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on November 25, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Suns defeated the Grizzlies 126-111.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowl
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    I hate to pick on former Missouri Tigers, but I just can't let DeMarre Carroll go unmentioned in this slideshow.

    It's not like he wasn't given a chance in the league, either. I mean, he averaged a paltry 12 points per 48 minutes in his rookie year, and it didn't get any better during his sophomore campaign.

26. Lazar Hayward

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    LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 9:  Lazar Hayward #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves shoots against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 9, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 99-94.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees
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    Sure, he's a rookie.

    That doesn't mean he isn't worthless, though.

25. Chris Duhon

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    PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 13:  Chris Duhon #25 of the Orlando Magic during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on March 13, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using
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    In seven seasons in the association, Chris Duhon has been an extremely disappointing contributor.

    In Orlando this past season, he has played third wheel at point guard to Jameer Nelson and Gilbert Arenas.

24. Rashard Lewis

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    WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 28: Taj Gibson #22 of the Chicago Bulls guards Rashard Lewis #9 of the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center in Washington on February 28, 2011 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by d
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    When you make $20.5 million this season and are due for $45 million more over the next two seasons, you had better be a darn good basketball player.

    Rashard Lewis, however, played in only 32 games and scored a mediocre (for someone being paid that much) 11.4 points per game.

    You've got to be kidding me. That averages out to over $56,000 per point for the 31-year-old Lewis.

23. Dan Gadzuric

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    CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 13: Carlos Boozer #5 of the Chicago Bulls drives against Dan Gadzuric #50 of the New Jersey Nets at the United Center on April 13, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Nets 97-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges
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    At least it looks like he's trying to defend Carlos Boozer in the picture.

    Regardless, how has Dan Gadzuric pulled together a nine-year career?

22. Patrick Ewing Jr.

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    RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 21:  Patrick Ewing, Jr. #33 of the Georgetown Hoyas reacts to a call made during their game against the UMBC Retrievers in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at RBC Center March 21, 2008 in Ra
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    Patrick Ewing Jr. joins Luke Walton on the all-"I'm only on a roster because my dad was a good NBA player" team.

    Since I couldn't find any pictures of him in the pros, here he is in college three years ago.

21. Steve Novak

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 17: Steve Novak #21 of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots over Luke Ridnour #13 of the Milwaukee Bucks on January 17, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  The Clippers won 101-92.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowl
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    I hate to rip on former Marquette Golden Eagles, but Steve Novak is about as one-dimensional as it gets with his three-point shooting.

    If you're 6'10" and you average 1.1 rebounds per game, you are definitely worthless.

20. Jon Brockman

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    MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 04: Mario Chalmers #15 of the Miami Heat passes the ball over Jon Brockman #40 of the Milwaukee Bucks during a game at American Airlines Arena on January 4, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees t
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    Jon Brockman is a lousy NBA player, to say the least.

    Oh wait, that's about all you can say about him.

19. Brian Skinner

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    NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 13:  David West #30  of the New Orleans Hornets drives the ball around Brian Skinner #8 of the Los Angeles Clippers at the New Orleans Arena on January 13, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Hornets defeated the Clippers 108-94.  N
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    I could have a field day with Brian Skinner and why he is worthless, but I'll just leave it at this: Skinner (shown here playing for the Clippers) played six minutes this year with the Bucks.

    Throughout the whole season.

18. Joey Dorsey

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    MIAMI - NOVEMBER 13:  Forward Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat against Joey Dorsey #9 of the Toronto Raptors at American Airlines Arena on November 13, 2010 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or
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    I can guarantee Chris Bosh is about to utter these words to Joey Dorsey: "Ha! You suffered a severe drop-off from college and now your 2007-08 season doesn't exist anymore! Ha!"

    Dorsey is a non-factor in the NBA. That's just the best way to put it.

17. Francisco Elson

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    BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 21:  Francisco Elson # 16 of the Utah Jazz loses control of the ball in the second half against the Boston Celtics on January 21, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Celtics defeated the Jazz 110-86. NOTE TO USER: Use
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    Aren't big men supposed to average better than 2.2 points and 1.9 boards in 10 minutes of play?

    I guess someone forgot to tell Francisco Elson.

16. Anthony Carter

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24:  Anthony Carter #25 of the New York Knicks reacts against the Boston Celtics in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Celtic
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    Anthony Carter is clapping in the picture on the left.

    Why?

    Because he averaged three points per game in 14 minutes of play this season, his 12th in the association.

    His career scoring average of 4.7 makes for confusing conversation on why he is still in the league.

15. Kosta Koufos

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    DENVER, CO - MARCH 02:  Kosta Koufos #41 of the Denver Nuggets heads up court against the Charlotte Bobcats at the Pepsi Center on March 2, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Bobcats 120-80.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agr
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    Just another disappointing center from Ohio State (B.J. Mullens and Greg Oden lurk elsewhere on this list), Kosta Koufos has averaged a whopping 3.3 points and 2.3 rebounds over the course of his less-than-spectacular career.

14. DeSagana Diop

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 29:  Teammates J.J. Hickson #21 and Antawn Jamison #4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers try to stop DeSagana Diop #7 of the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on December 29, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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    DeSagana Diop is already nine seasons into his mediocre career, and yet he is still in his 20s.

    And for the longest time now, he's been pretty useless as a post player.

    This past season, he averaged a paltry 1.3 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

13. Darnell Jackson

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    CLEVELAND - MAY 07:  Acie Law #4 of the Atlanta Hawks tries to get a shot off around Darnell Jackson #00 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 7, 2009 in
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    To sum up how worthless Darnell Jackson actually is, you must look at this picture.

    See it? He's wearing a Cavs jersey.

    Yeah, well he's not a Cavalier anymore.

    On the bright side, he had a career year in Sacramento, averaging an astounding 3.2 points per game!

12. Tony Battie

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 03:  Tony Battie #4 of the Philadelphia 76ers grabs a rebound in front of Marco Belinelli #8 of the New Orleans Hornets in the first half at New Orleans Arena on January 3, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expre
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    Tony Battie has long been one of the NBA's most worthless players.

    In a career spanning 13 seasons, Battie has never averaged better than eight points or six rebounds.

11. Charlie Bell

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    PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 10:  Charlie Bell #34 of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on February 10, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Suns defeated the Warriors 112-88.  NOTE TO USER: U
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    Charlie Bell has always been a mediocre NBA player at best.

    Now that he's a third-string point guard on a pretty weak team, his standing dramatically rises!

10. Erick Dampier

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    NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 03:  Eric Dampier #25 of the Miami Heat blocks a shot from Deron Williams #8 of the New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center on April 3, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.The Heat defeated the Nets 108-94.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowled
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    Once upon a time, Erick Dampier was one of the coolest players.

    And by "coolest" I mean coolest names to hear on Kobe Bryant NBA Courtside from 13 years ago.

    For now, he's a paltry center at a crowded position down in South Beach.

9. Jamaal Magloire

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 18: Jamaal Magloire #21 of the Miami Heat runs back on defense agaisnt the Chicago Bulls in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 18, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Heat won 85
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    Jamaal Magloire is one of the most useless players in all of the NBA.

    And it's not like the Heat are loaded at center, either, which makes his inclusion on their roster even more puzzling.

8. Johan Petro

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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 07:  Al Horford #15 of the Atlanta Hawks shoots over Johan Petro #27 of the New Jersey Nets at Philips Arena on December 7, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or
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    The fact that this guy still has a full-time job (he played 77 games this season) is a mockery to centers everywhere. 

    Johan Petro averaged just 3.5 points in just under 12 minutes per game this season for the Nets.

7. Theo Ratliff

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04:  Theo Ratliff of the Los Angeles Lakers in action during the NBA Europe Live match between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves at the O2 arena on October 4, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Get
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    When you score two points in 50 minutes in 10 games over the course of a season, you know you're a worthless player.

6. Jeff Foster

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    OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 19:  Jeff Foster #10 of the Indiana Pacers in action against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on January 19, 2011 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or usin
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    I don't understand what exactly it is, but for some reason Jeff Foster has held a spot in the Pacers rotation for 12 years.

    In that time, he has never averaged better than seven points or nine rebounds in a single season.

    To top it off, he's started well over 300 games in his career.

    Where do I sign up?

5. Joe Smith

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 12:  Joe Smith #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers grabs a rebound in front of Tiago Splitter #22 and Richard Jefferson #24 of the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center on April 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expre
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    I'm not sure which feat is more impressive—having belonged to a dozen rosters in the NBA, or the fact that he's still on one.

    Nonetheless, Joe Smith, 16 years into his career, is doing nothing too spectacular.

    Unless you consider averaging 0.5 points per game to be amazing.

4. B.J. Mullens

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    ATLANTA - JANUARY 18:  B.J. Mullens #23 of the Oklahoma City Thunder against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on January 18, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograp
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    Just file B.J. Mullens under "disappointing Ohio State busts" and we'll be on our way.

    No need to mention the 1.2 career scoring average that he sports.

3. Hasheem Thabeet

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 02:  Hasheem Thabeet #34 of the Memphis Grizzlies goes up to block a shot by Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on January 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The Grizzlies defeated
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    Hasheem Thabeet is one of the biggest fails in recent NBA history, but for some reason (and if it's possible) he's underrated in the bust department.

    A supposed "block specialist," Thabeet has averaged less than one throughout his career in that category.

2. Brian Scalabrine

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    WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 28: Brian Scalabrine #24 of the Chicago Bulls against the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center in Washington on February 28, 2011 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading an
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    Brian Scalabrine is one of those players who is in the league for reasons unbeknownst to me or any other basketball fan.

    What's even more confusing is that "the White Mamba" has a ring.

1. Luke Walton

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 12:  Luke Walton #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks back at the bench as  Andrew Bynum #17 sits on the floor after an injury during the game against the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center on April 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, Californ
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    Luke Walton was at one point a decent NBA player.

    Now that those days have come and gone quickly, the $12 million per the Lakers owe him over the next two seasons is laughable.

    Bill's son is definitely a waste of money and one of the worst players to ever collect multiple rings, ever.

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