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NBA vs NFL - All Time Bust
In this poll I wanted to compare the NFL and the NBA. There have been busts in both leagues. Below are some questions for each and their 1st pick history.

Note: I realize there are less spots to fill on an NBA roster, so bench player isn't considered being a bust.

                                                                         NBA vs NFL - All Time Bust Photo

Who was the biggest bust all time for each league?

Which league has more bust players?

Who was the last bust for either league?


                                                           NBA vs NFL - All Time Bust Photo


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#1 | 1340 days ago
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NBA - Ed O'Bannon, Greg Oden, Sam Bowie

NFL - Ryan Leaf, Brian Bosworth, Andre Ware, Brian Mandarich


OHHHHH........ Lawrence Phillips!!!
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#1 | 1340 days ago
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NBA - Ed O'Bannon, Greg Oden, Sam Bowie

NFL - Ryan Leaf, Brian Bosworth, Andre Ware, Brian Mandarich


OHHHHH........ Lawrence Phillips!!!
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#2 | 1340 days ago

NBA.......GREG ODEN.......SHAWN BRADLEY
NFL........RYAN LEAF.........MATT LEINHART
#3 | 1339 days ago

NFL - Leaf (all-time), JaMarcus Russel (recent disaster)

NBA - CandyMan, Oden

I think the worse whiff in sports history was the Darko pick. The Pistons won that year and lost in the finals the next year. In that draft the next 3 players chosen were Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade. Wouldn't having picked any of those three made Detroit into a dynasty of sorts? Just a HORRIBLE job by Dumars. That team could have 3 or 4 rings right now. At the very least they would have been in more finals. The EAST stank until '08 or '09. Hell it still stinks.
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#4 | 1339 days ago

NBA: Kwame Brown and Joe Barely Cares

NFL: JaMarcus Russell, Johnny Lam Jones, Aundray Bruce

Maybe not technically a bust but one of the dumbest draft choices of all time Russell Erxleben drafted by the Saints in the first round #11 overall. He was a punter\kicker out of Texas.
#5 | 1339 days ago

Who was the biggest bust all time for each league?  NFL - Ryan Leaf   NBA - Greg Oden

Which league has more bust players? NBA

Who was the last bust for either league? NBA - Adam Morrison (2006)  NFL - Alex Smith (2005)

Adam 'Pac Man' Jones had proven NFL talent and ended up personally ruining his career. He is no doubt a bust, however he could have been a solid CB at the NFL level.
#6 | 1339 days ago

NBA - Ed O'Bannon, Greg Oden, Sam Bowie

NFL - Ryan Leaf, Brian Bosworth, Brian Mandarich, Andre Ware
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#7 | 1338 days ago

NBA- Dennis Hopson, Harold Miner,
NFL- Herschel Walker
#8 | 1338 days ago

alainpeartree wrote:
NBA- Dennis Hopson, Harold Miner,
NFL- Herschel Walker
HERSCHEL WALKER......REALLY ????.............i thought he had a good career compared to alot of the others........I DONT BUY THAT ONE....SORRY.
#9 | 1338 days ago

I think a couple of you mean...TONY Mandarich.


I believe Brian was a used car salesman in Tallahassee. 
#10 | 1338 days ago

Len Bias 1986 - He set the Celtics back over a decade with his shenanigans.
#11 | 1337 days ago

marcus_nyce wrote:
NFL - Leaf (all-time), JaMarcus Russel (recent disaster)

NBA - CandyMan, Oden

I think the worse whiff in sports history was the Darko pick. The Pistons won that year and lost in the finals the next year. In that draft the next 3 players chosen were Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade. Wouldn't having picked any of those three made Detroit into a dynasty of sorts? Just a HORRIBLE job by Dumars. That team could have 3 or 4 rings right now. At the very least they would have been in more finals. The EAST stank until '08 or '09. Hell it still stinks.
The Pistons lucked out by even having that pick in the first place. They traded a 38 year old Otis Thorpe to the Grizzlies for a future 1st round pick, which wounded up being that #2. Memphis' GM had to of known that they weren't a very good team and that pick would wind up being a top choice. This is my pick for one of the worst trades in NBA history.


One of the most important aspects in determining a bust is who was drafted after that player of the same position usually. I would pick Todd Marijuanavich and Mark McGwire's brother Dan as huge busts because they were QBs taken before Brett Favre. Same can be said for Sam Bowie being taken by the Blazers one pick before Michael Jordan.


Worst active bust:

NBA : Hasheem Thabeet #2 overall pick last year, only averages 1 point 2 assists per game and even spent time in the development league already.

NFL: Alex Smith, #1 overall and can't even get a starting position. Brady Quinn was the most over-hyped, but he was drafted too late.


Some athletes are cast as busts and then later redeem themselves with another team later in their career. Case in point: Cedric Benson and Chauncey Billups.
#12 | 1337 days ago

ironhead_mike wrote:
Len Bias 1986 - He set the Celtics back over a decade with his shenanigans.
The Celtics got lucky with that pick, it was traded to them for a player of little value. They were still a championship team with Bird and co.
#13 | 1337 days ago

Kenne wrote:
The Celtics got lucky with that pick, it was traded to them for a player of little value. They were still a championship team with Bird and co.
 That's 100% true, and they got lucky with a few other smart trades on their part (or, stupid moves by other teams). Bias was the beginning of the end though. At the time he was billed in the draft to be as good as Jordan. Looking back on the legend that MJ is - we'll never know. The Celtics dominated and won the title in '86 - then drafted Bias who would have helped the team continue to contend and build for the future. The energy here was amazing and while the team would still be very competitive for the next few years it was really the signal to the end of the era with the big three starting to age. With the heists that Auerbach had pulled off over the decade, Boston did not have too many dancing partners when it came to trading after picking up that pick because no one trusted that they were going to get the fair end of the deal.
#14 | 1334 days ago

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alainpeartree wrote:
NBA- Dennis Hopson, Harold Miner,
NFL- Herschel Walker
Herschel Walker 18,000 all purpose yards in NFL after donating his early 20's legs to the USFL. You are obviously joking.
#15 | 1334 days ago

His death along with Reggie Lewis's set the Celtics back 10 years easily. Lewis salary still counted against the Celtics cap, 2years after his death. Stern had a hard on for Aurbach for sure. Probably had something to do with red bucking the system and drafting Bird a year before he came out, causing the rule change.
#16 | 1334 days ago

Surprised after watching the 30/30 episode on Marcus Dupree, that  no one has mentioned him.

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