Ranking 2nd Overall Picks
In honor of the former Kansas State stud, today’s list ranks the 2nd overall draft picks from 2001 to 2010, counting down from worst to best. There’s been quite a range of talent at the 2-spot across the years, from NBA superstars to all-out flops….
10. Darko Milicic, 2003, Detroit Pistons
Beyond compare, the Milicic travesty starts off the list. The pick still haunts the Pistons today. Even though Detroit won the NBA Championship later that season, the next 3 players drafted all became perennial All-Stars (Carmelo, Wade, and Bosh) while Milicic averaged a mere 6 points and 4.2 rebounds during his 10-year NBA career before officially announcing his retirement this past summer.
9. Hasheem Thabeet, 2009, Memphis Grizzlies
Beasley offers some solid competition here, but Thabeet takes the cake. He was sandwiched between All-Stars Blake Griffin and James Harden in 2009 and sent down to the NBDL in February of his rookie season. In 4 NBA seasons where Thabeet has seen the court for 4 different franchises, the former UConn standout has racked up almost as many personal fouls (406) as points (456). Now I know he isn’t known for his scoring prowess, but still….
8. Michael Beasley, 2008, Miami Heat
There’s a pretty clear bottom three to this list, and Beasley tops it off. One pick after superstar Derrick Rose, two picks before Russell Westbrook, and three before Kevin Love…..you get the point. He’s averaged a career 14.1 points per game, but can anyone actually see him functioning on a moderately successful team? Best of luck on the comeback, Mike.
7. Marvin Williams, 2005, Atlanta Hawks
Well here’s one way the Hawks could have fulfilled their Chris Paul dreams. The Wake Forest point guard went two picks after Atlanta took the talented forward from North Carolina. After 7 mediocre seasons with the Hawks, Williams was traded to the Utah Jazz where he’s been remarkably even more mediocre. (Additional note: Deron Williams was also on the board at the time, drafted a pick later.)
6. Jay Williams, 2002, Chicago Bulls
It’s hard to accurately rank this one because if it weren’t for the motorcycle injury, Jay Williams could have been a solid, if not spectacular, NBA point guard. As it is, however, Williams played a total of 75 NBA games and never got his real opportunity.