NBA Draft's Biggest Foreign Flameouts: 5 Hyped Imports That Fizzled

Andy Bailey@@AndrewDBaileyFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2011

NBA Draft's Biggest Foreign Flameouts: 5 Hyped Imports That Fizzled

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    If you count Enes Kanter, we saw six overseas prospects taken in the first round of the 2011 NBA draft (including four of the top seven picks).

    For the last several drafts, we've seen at least one hyped-up overseas player taken.  Some of them pan out.  A lot of them don't.

    Consider this list a starting point.  I'm going to give you five of the biggest foreign flameouts and I want you the reader to contribute more players to the slideshow in the comments section.   

    Tell me who you think should be on this list and I'll add the ones that I think fit.

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Nikoloz Tskitishvili

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    The Denver Nuggets took Tskitishvili with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft.  They tried to work him into the rotation in his rookie year.  He played 81 games (started 16) and averaged 3.9 points and 2.2 rebounds.

    He played another 91 games over the next three years and finished his career with averages of 2.9 points and 1.8 rebounds a game.

Fran Vasquez

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    The Orlando Magic took Fran Vasquez with the No. 11 pick in the 2005 NBA draft.  Here we are now, fresh off the 2011 draft, and Vasquez has yet to make his way to the NBA.  In fact, he just signed an extension with his Spanish team last year.

Darko Milicic

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    Darko Milicic has actually developed into a moderately effective NBA player, but he will never live up to his status as a No. 2 overall pick.  He's averaged 6.1 points and 4.3 rebounds a game for his career.

Yaroslav Korolev

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    Korolev was taken immediately after Fran Vasquez in the 2005 NBA draft.  The No. 12 pick appeared in 34 NBA games, averaging 1.1 points and 0.5 rebounds a game.

Mouhamed Saer Sene

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    In 2006, the Seattle SuperSonics selected Mouhamed Sene with the No. 10 overall pick.  He appeared in 47 NBA games (three starts) and averaged 2.2 points and 1.6 rebounds during his short career.

Give Me Your Biggest Foreign Flameouts

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    Like I said in the introduction, I want your contributions to this list.  Tell me who belongs here in the comments section.


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