Historic NBA Draft Busts

The NBA Draft will be televised at 7:30 PM ET on ESPN tonight.  We’ve decided to includ a list of former NBA draft picks that haven’t quite lived up to expectations.

The Portland Trailblazers have been historically unlucky on the receiving end, picking injury prone players and busts.

Sam Bowie: picked 2nd overall by the Portland Trailblazers in the 1984 draft.  In the same year, Michael Jordan was selected 3rd by the Chicago Bulls and Charles Barkley was selected 5th by the 76’ers.

LaRue Martin: was picked number 1 by the Portland Trailblazers in the 1972 draft ahead of Julius Erving and future Hall of Famer Bob McAdoo.

Hasheem Thabeet: picked 2nd overall in 2009 by the Memphis Grizzlies.  His start to the league has been atrocious departing in and out of the NBA Development league and has career averages of 2.2 points per game.  Some phenomenal players that were drafted after Thabeet were: James Harden, Tyreke Evans, Ricky Rubio, and Stephen Curry.

Greg Oden: once again selected by the Portland Trailblazers in the 2007 draft and was selected number one overall.  He has been lingered with injuries playing in only 82 games during his whole NBA career.  To make matters worse, Kevin Durant was picked right after him.

Adam Morrison: selected 3rd overall by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2006 draft.  He was a superstar in college playing for Gonzaga.  A couple years after he signed with the NBA he suffered a horrible knee injury, which caused him to miss the next season.  Since then, Adam has not been able to shoot at a high percentage and fell out of the league in 2010.

Darko Milicic: Picked by the Pistons 2nd overall in the 2003 draft.  This year was considered to be one of the best draft years.  LeBron James, NBA MVP and Finals MVP of last years season was selected number one overall.  In addition, all stars such as: Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony, David West, and Chris Bosh were picked after Darko.

Please leave a comment if you remember any player(s) that have disappointed you after receiving such high expectations!

Written By Guest Blogger, Matt Goldberg

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