#1 pick in 2001 by Washington the first high school player to be selected #1 overall in NBA draft history.
His career to date has also been marred by numerous controversial incidents including rape accusation in 06′, disorderly conduct for being in a car driven on the wrong side of the road, and unbelievably throwing birthday cake at a pedestrian by accident, both in 07′.
He was drafted 2nd overall by the Detroit Pistons in 2003 in likely the most talented draft in NBA history.
He was drafted ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. If that wasn't enough to earn him a top nod on this list, how about his career averages of 6 ppg, 4 rpg, and 1bpg. Just sayin'...
Given his potential coming in, he's got to be considered one of the top busts on this list.
The #1 pick in 2007 he is often referred to as 'Mr. Glass' in NBA circles. You have to feel for the guy with so much size and talent but from Day 1 in the league just couldn't stay healthy and on the court.
He had a great college career, so its hard to blame Charlotte for selecting him 3rd overall in the 2006 NBA Draft.
To date he's only shooting 38 percent from the field on the career and most often is seen cheerleading from the sidelines. Oh yeah, did I mention he was drafted ahead of BRANDON ROY?
#1 pick in 1998 by LA Clippers – He never should have been the #1 pick in the great draft class of 98′ since he averaged 9.5 points and 7.7 rebounds.
Despite his average numbers, he was always among the leagues highest paid players because of his potential as a number one pick. The Clippers passed on drafting Vince Carter, Antawn Jamison, and Mike Bibby.
#2 pick in 2000 by Grizzlies – The 6’10 player could run the floor with the best of them but not much else.
Has the distinction of being the only active player to have been on the Grizzlies roster in both Vancouver and Memphis. His current career averages of 8.4 points and 4.6 rebounds means he can only move up the list and not down.
Drafted 8th overall by the Toronto Raptors in 2004. Once again a team tried to draft for a perceived need of a big man instead of choosing the most talented option.
He was already 24 years old when drafted and got worse and worse ever year he played in the league before being bounced back overseas to play out the remainder of his career.
He battled weight issues averaging 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in 7 seasons. Other players drafted after him included Paul Pierce, Al Harrington,
#6 pick in 1998 by Dallas – The Mavericks must have been psychic when they traded the next Chris Webber to Milwaukee for Dirk Nowitzki and what would become Steve Nash in one of the most lopsided draft day trades in history.
#5 pick in 1999 by Toronto – Toronto wisely traded the straight from high school phenom to Indiana on draft night.
Touted as the next Garnett, he played in only 237 games over 7 injury plagued seasons averaging 5.6 points. Toronto passed on drafting Rip Hamilton, Andre Miller, and Ron Artest.
With career averages of 2.9 points and 1.8 rebounds per game, anyone going to argue he was a huge bust?
Taken 5th overall by the Denver Nuggets in the 2002 NBA Draft, Denver had high hopes for this European prospect. Given the fact that Dirk Nowitzki and Peja Stojakovic were setting a new standard for European big men who could shoot the lights out.