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10 Worst NBA Draft-Day Trades of All Time

Jason Radowitz looks back at the worst NBA draft trade of all time. Here's the 10 worst draft day trades in the history of the NBA.
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10 Worst NBA Draft-Day Trade of All Time

In the NBA, every team is trying to get better. Whether that's for future seasons or for the current season, trades are supposed to make both teams happy and both teams better.

Every team simply has a plan. But not every plan has worked out. Here are the 10 worst NBA draft-day trades of all time.

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10. Ray Allen's Trade to Boston (2007)

Former Milwaukee Bucks sharpshooter Ray Allen was traded to Boston along with the 35th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. The Bucks received the fifth pick of the draft, which was Jeff Green, along with Delonte West and Wally Szczerbiak.

That trade helped bring in Kevin Garnett to pair up with Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce.

9. Nets Trade Kyle Korver (2003)

The Nets traded Kyle Korver in 2003 to the Philadelphia 76ers for cash considerations. Korver was never a star in the league but he was the perfect fit for playoff teams needing three-point shooting. He actually even made the All-Star team in 2015.

8. Bulls Trade LaMarcus Aldridge (2006)

The Bulls traded LaMarcus Aldridge to Portland for Tyrus Thomas and Vitor Khyrapa. Thomas was the fourth overall selection in the draft call in 2006 and even make the all-rookie team in his first season. But he never improved while Aldridge put together a terrific career.

7. Timberwolves Trade Brandon Roy (2006)

Minnesota sent Brandon Roy, Dan Dickau, and Raef Lafrentz to Portland for Randy Foye, Sebastian Telfair, Theo Ratliff, and a future second. Foye was the big piece in the draft out of Villanova but he never became an All-Star and while Roy did have plenty of injuries, he was one of the best scorers in the NBA when he was on the floor.

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6. Nuggets Trade Rudy Gobert (2013)

Rudy Gobert has turned into one of the best defensive players in today's era. He was traded in 2013 from the Nuggets to the Jazz in exchange for second-round pick Erick Green and cash considerations. Safe to say the Nuggets lost that one. Although, they wouldn't be able to play Jokic and Gobert together...

5. Nuggets Trade Donovan Mitchell (2017)

Utah apparently owns the Nuggets. The Jazz sent Trey Lyles and a 24th overall pick Tyler Lydon for Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell has averaged 24 points per game and continues to help the Jazz reach the playoffs every single year.

4. Suns Trade Steve Nash (1998)

The Suns traded away Steve Nash in 1998 to the Mavericks to Bubba Wells Pat Garrity, Martin Mursepp, and a first-round pick in the following year for Steve Nash. However, the Suns realized their mistake and eventually signed Nash away from Dallas six years later where he thrived with Phoenix. So take it for how you want to take it.

3. Pacers Trade Kawhi Leonard (2011)

At first, this trade looked pretty even. But eventually, Kawhi Leonard started to develop, making the Pacers look silly. The Pacers traded away Leonard and Davis Bertans to the Spurs for George Hill. At the time, the Pacers were making the playoffs consistently and Hill was contributing at a high level. But now Leonard has become one of the best players in NBA history and even has a title with the Raptors. So there's that.

2. Bucks Trade Dirk Nowitzki (1998)

The Bucks traded Dirk Nowitzki for the 19th overall pick and Pat Garrity for Robert Traylor. We don't need to look at the stats for this one. Nowitzki became one of the best forwards to ever play the game and even won a title over a legendary Miami Heat team for the Mavericks.

1. Hornets Trade Kobe Bryant (1996)

There's no doubt about this one. Kobe Bryant was traded away by the Charlotte Hornets for Vlade Divac. Divac was solid with the Hornets, averaging close to a double-double. But Divac leaving helped Shaquille O'Neal get paired with Kobe Bryant. Legendary stuff happened in Los Angeles with those two.

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.


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