The eight most terrible No. 1 overall draft picks in NBA Draft history
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.
8) 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
7) 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...