Eight worst No. 1 overall draft picks in NBA history

The eight most terrible No. 1 overall draft picks in NBA Draft history

6/27/13 in NBA   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Eight worst No. 1 overall draft picks in NBA historyNBA pundits are already up in arms over the Cleveland Cavaliers' selection of Anthony Bennett as the No. 1 overall 2013 NBA Draft pick. But it could be worse, Cavs fans (or whatever fan base to whom the Cavs may be furiously trying to trade Bennett). Looking back at the entire history of the NBA Draft, we see that you can't do worse than some of the players selected at the No. 1 overall spot.

For the purposes of this list, we will only consider players drafted No. 1 overall. So guys like Darko Milicic (No. 2 overall, picked before Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony) and Sam Bowie (No. 2 overall, picked before Michael Jordan) are not eligible for this list.

So... who are the eight lamest, worst, most thoroughly unproductive No. 1 overall picks in NBA Draft history? In my opinion, they are the ones listed below. If you feel I am incorrect, feel free to give me hell in the comments section.

Blog Photo - Eight worst No. 1 overall draft picks in NBA history8) Andrea Bargnani - 2006 (Toronto Raptors) Bargnani has not been a compete flop, and is still an active NBA player after seven full seasons. And in his defense, Bargnani was named to the 2007 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

But by his second season, Toronto fans were already calling for Bargnani to be traded (six years later, they still are). Tone deaf to the stream of boos, the Raptors rewarded Bargnani with a massive $50 million contract extension in 2009. As of last season, Raptors fans are booing Bargnani every time he takes a shot.

Picked before: Rajon Rondo, Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge

Blog Photo - Eight worst No. 1 overall draft picks in NBA history7) Joe Smith - 1995 (Golden State Warriors) Joe Smith eventually found his groove as the quintessential NBA journeyman. Smith played for 15 -- count 'em -- 15 different teams in his NBA career.

(Okay, I am counting two stints with the Minnesota Timberwolves and two stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers as separate teams. So Smith has technically played for 13 teams. Still, people, that is not continuity.)

Picked before: Kevin Garnett, Rasheed Wallace, Jerry Stackhouse, Antonio McDyess

Joe Smith and Andrea Bargnani at least had some mildly high points early in their careers. Click on to see the No. 1 overall picks about whom we can't say anything nice...
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7/7/13   |   ktm5121

The phrasing of it means that the certain player named was picked before the players he names afterwards, so its actually not bad grammar

7/7/13   |   Tavarezmark

This writer needs to fix his grammar. Rondo, Roy, and Aldridge were picked AFTER Bargnani, not BEFORE him. Garnett, Stackhouse, Wallace, and McDyess were picked AFTER Smith, not before him. People like this guy shouldn't be allowed to write articles. 

7/7/13   |   Tavarezmark