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10 Worst NBA Draft Picks of All Time

The NBA Draft is an exciting time for franchises that have struggled to land a star. Analyst Jason Radowitz has the 10 Worst NBA Draft Picks of All Time ranked here.
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10 Worst NBA Draft Picks of All Time

I already created a list of the top 10 best NBA draft picks of all time. But now it's time to look at the busts.

Here are the top 10 worst NBA Draft picks of all time.

10 Worst NBA Draft Picks of All Time

10. Adam Morrison by the Charlotte Hornets (3rd in 2006)

Adam Morrison was Michael Jordan's first draft pick as a general manager for the Charlotte Bobcats. He was selected before Brandon Roy, Rudy Gay, and Rajon Rondo. But he did end up winning two championship rings on the bench, so we'll give him that.

9. Hasheem Thabeet by the Memphis Grizzlies (2nd in 2009)

Thabeet was supposed to be the next Dikembe Mutumbo. Instead, Thabeet had a very small career where he was selected before James Harden and Steph Curry.

That's truly awful to see.

8. Marvin Williams by the Atlanta Hawks (2nd in 2005)

Marvin Williams didn't have an awful career in the NBA. It's just the thought of Williams being drafted over Chris Paul, Deron Williams, and Andrew Bynum. He didn't have the CP3 kind of impact in the NBA.

7. Shawn Bradley by the Philadelphia 76ers (2nd in 1993)

Shawn Bradley was so tall that he had everyone going crazy for him. But he was actually dunked on a ton in his career and never really became anything in the NBA. Plus, he was drafted ahead of Penny Hardaway, Jamal Mashburn, and Allen Houston. That's got to sting if you're the Sixers.

6. Kwame Brown by the Washington Wizards (1st in 2001)

Brown has talked back to some of his haters on social media, but overall, he finished his career with 6.6 points per game. For a first overall pick, that's bust status. He was drafted ahead of Pau Gasol, Jason Richardson, Joe Johnson, Zach Randolph, and Tyson Chandler. The Wizards weren't happy about that.

5. LaRue Martin by the Portland Trail Blazers (1st in 1972)

This one doesn't get talked about as much because it was in 1972. But Martin shot just 41.6% for his career from the field and was drafted over Bob McAdoo and Dr. J.

4. Greg Oden by the Portland Trail Blazers (1st in 2007)

Do you see a theme? Greg Oden had so much potential but his knees gave out and his career was filled with injuries. To make matters worse, Oden was drafted before Kevin Durant, Al Horford, and Joakim Noah. I still think Oden would've been a terrific player without the injuries. Just throwing that out there.

3. Michael Olowokandi by the Los Angeles Clippers (1st in 1998)

Olowokandi scored just 8.3 points per game in 10 seasons after being drafted first overall over Mike Bibby, Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki, and Paul Pierce.

That was a star-studded class and the Clippers picked the wrong one.

2. Darko Milicic: by the Detroit Pistons (2nd in 2003)

The Cavaliers grabbed LeBron James with the first selection but then the Pistons added Darko Milicic with the second selection over Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh.

I don't need to continue here...

1. Sam Bowie by the Portland Trail Blazers (2nd in 1984)

It's always the Blazers! The Blazers passed on Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and John Stockton for Sam Bowie, who played just 139 games in five years with Portland.

How do long-time Blazers fans sleep at night?

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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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