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Biggest NBA Draft Busts ever (Edited 07/29/08 11:52AM by Kenne)
Who do you think are the biggest NBA draft busts (player who was drafted higher than should've been and before other star players).
| Closed on 10/27/08 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | NBA, *Draft | Opinion List
Team Breakout:
Rank43 FansAvg (1st)
1.LaRue Martin (#1 - '72)2.1 (11)
2.Sam Bowie (#2 - '84)1.8 (8)
3.Kwame Brown (#1 - '01)1.8 (6)
4.Michael Olowokandi (#1 - '98)1.5 (5)
5.Pervis Ellison (#1 - '89)0.8 (3)
Also receiving votes:Darko Milicic (#2 - '03)0.8 (2)
Shawn Bradley (#2 - '93)0.7 (2)
Kent Benson (#1 - '77)0.7
Danny Ferry (#2 - '89)0.6 (1)
Joe Smith (#1 - '95)0.4 (1)
Joe Barry Carroll (#1 - '80)0.4
Steve Stipanovich (#2 - '83)0.3 (1)
Jon Koncak (#5 - '85)0.3
Chris Washburn (#3 - '86)0.3
Nikoloz Tskitishvili (#5 - '02)0.3
Rick Robey (#3 - '78)0.3
Jonathan Bender (#5 - '99)0.3
Marcus Fizer (#4 - '00)0.3
Other 10.2 (1)
Stromile Swift (#2 - '00)0.2
Other 20.2 (1)
Rafael Araujo (#8 - '04)0.2
Dennis Hopson (#3 - '87)0.1

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#6 | 2186 days ago

I'm not really sure why Joe Smith is on here.  We're going into 2008-09 and he is on the roster for a pretty good NBA team.  He's scored over 10,000 points and picked up plenty of rebounds.  He hasn't been a superstar, but he's far out-played anyone else on this list.
1. Michael Olowokandi (#1 - '98)  2. LaRue Martin (#1 - '72)  3. Kent Benson (#1 - '77)  4. Joe Barry Carroll (#1 - '80)  5. Steve Stipanovich (#2 - '83)  
  
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#1 | 2192 days ago

LaRue Martin has to be the biggest non-factor in NBA history!

He was drafted #1 overall in 72 and spent his entire career

as a backup center to 6'7" power forward turned center Lloyd Neal,

6'9" power forward turned center Rick Roberson, 6'11" broke-dick

center Bill Walton and 6'8" power forward Steve Hawes.

If there was ever a worse #1 pick, I don't know who it could have been.

1. LaRue Martin (#1 - '72)  2. Rick Robey (#3 - '78)  3. Jon Koncak (#5 - '85)  4. Chris Washburn (#3 - '86)  5. Nikoloz Tskitishvili (#5 - '02)  
#2 | 2192 days ago

For my first 3...if I never heard of you and you were a #1...you were a bust.

MO I remember as very insignificant.  Bender had a ton of hype and has virtually fallen off the face of the Earth

1. LaRue Martin (#1 - '72)  2. Kent Benson (#1 - '77)  3. Joe Barry Carroll (#1 - '80)  4. Michael Olowokandi (#1 - '98)  5. Jonathan Bender (#5 - '99)  
#3 | 2192 days ago

As a Wizards fan, I would/should/could have voted for Kwame Brown 5 times in this poll.  Some of these other guys are defintiley busts.  Some at least had decent careers, maybe not worthy of their draft position, but they played and some of them for many years.  I also would like to add Michael Olowokandi.  BUSTAROONI!
1. Kwame Brown (#1 - '01)  2. Kent Benson (#1 - '77)  3. Darko Milicic (#2 - '03)  4. Nikoloz Tskitishvili (#5 - '02)  5. LaRue Martin (#1 - '72)  
#4 | 2191 days ago

Some of these guys, even drafted at #1, had what I'll call 'service-able' careers, like Benson, Olowokandi (spell check), Joe Barry Carroll (even if he was traded for Kevin McHale.....zeesh !), Smith and Ellison.    Not stars, like perhaps a #1 should be, but service-able.     Except for my # 1 - LaRue me baby !

 

My other, as tragic as it was, is Len Bias.     What a shame & waste that was.....he had tremendous talent.

 

1. LaRue Martin (#1 - '72)  2. Other 1  3. Sam Bowie (#2 - '84)  4. Darko Milicic (#2 - '03)  5. Kwame Brown (#1 - '01)  
#5 | 2188 days ago

Rick Robey - taken 3rd overall by the Pacers in 78,  averaged 7.6 ppg. 3 picks later Larry Bird from Indiana was taken.
1. LaRue Martin (#1 - '72)  2. Sam Bowie (#2 - '84)  3. Michael Olowokandi (#1 - '98)  4. Darko Milicic (#2 - '03)  5. Rick Robey (#3 - '78)  
#6 | 2186 days ago

I'm not really sure why Joe Smith is on here.  We're going into 2008-09 and he is on the roster for a pretty good NBA team.  He's scored over 10,000 points and picked up plenty of rebounds.  He hasn't been a superstar, but he's far out-played anyone else on this list.
1. Michael Olowokandi (#1 - '98)  2. LaRue Martin (#1 - '72)  3. Kent Benson (#1 - '77)  4. Joe Barry Carroll (#1 - '80)  5. Steve Stipanovich (#2 - '83)  
#7 | 2186 days ago
zac92 (+)

I think you have to take into account who was taken after these players. Sam Bowie was selected over Jordan and Darko was taken over Wade, Bosh, Carmelo, and many more better players. So those two players are huge busts in my opinion.
1. Sam Bowie (#2 - '84)  2. Darko Milicic (#2 - '03)  3. Kwame Brown (#1 - '01)  4. Michael Olowokandi (#1 - '98)  5. LaRue Martin (#1 - '72)  
#8 | 2181 days ago

Jon Koncack once made more money than MJ.
1. Shawn Bradley (#2 - '93)  2. Michael Olowokandi (#1 - '98)  3. Jon Koncak (#5 - '85)  4. Nikoloz Tskitishvili (#5 - '02)  5. Danny Ferry (#2 - '89)  
#9 | 2181 days ago
thesnowman (+)

randy Foye!!!!
1. Other 2  2. Sam Bowie (#2 - '84)  3. Danny Ferry (#2 - '89)  4. Shawn Bradley (#2 - '93)  5. Pervis Ellison (#1 - '89)  

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