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Old 06-02-2007, 02:43 PM   #1
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Default Worst number 1 draft picks in NBA history

What number 1 picks went to waste in NBA history?

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Old 06-02-2007, 02:58 PM   #2
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It's between Kwame and the Kandi man. I'd say Kwame is because Kandi actually had a season where he got 12/9 with 2 blocks, while Kwame's best stat season was when he got 11/7 with .7 blocks per.
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Old 06-02-2007, 02:58 PM   #3
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Kwame and Olawakandi pop into my head first
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Old 06-02-2007, 03:06 PM   #4
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Default Re: Worst number 1 draft picks in NBA history

Kwame Brown - 2001 (over Gasol)
Michael Olowokandi - 1998 (over Bibby, Vince, Jamison)
LaRue Martin - 1972 (over Bob McAdoo)

I would have to say that Kandi is the worst #1 pick of all-time because of the other options available. With LaRue Martin, the only other recognizable name I see is McAdoo at #2. With Kwame, yeah, there's Gasol but he was a big question mark coming in. That was just a weak draft. With Kandi, there were a number of obviously better players available.
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Old 06-02-2007, 03:10 PM   #5
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Kwame "Small Hands" Brown.
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Old 06-02-2007, 03:15 PM   #6
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Default Re: Worst number 1 draft picks in NBA history

The #1 picks that didn't live up to expectations in my opinion were Pervis Ellison(1989), Joe Smith(1995), Michael Olowokandi(1998), and Kwame Brown(2001).


-Pervis Ellison's situation is a bit different from the others. He is considered a bust not because of lack of skills, but because of injuries. He did average 20/11 in his third season and 17/8 in his fourth season, but injuries caught up with him and after his third season, he played in 60+ games once. He had a promising future, but some are not as fortunate as others.


-Joe Smith was a solid player, but not good for a #1 pick. He averaged 17.1 PPG/8 RPG/1.2 BPG in his first three seasons, but he was supposed to be a beast coming out of college and he never became that player in the NBA.


-Michael Olowokandi played nine seasons, and he's had only one decent season. He had a excellent start to the 2002-03 season, but he was injured for most of the season and that ended his days as a Clipper. He was never the same player.


-Kwame Brown was a hot shot coming straight out of high school. He has been injury prone his entire career and has never put together a great season. His current injury may shorten or end his career.
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Gotta go with Kwame, he's just seems weak as hell IMO...
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Old 06-02-2007, 03:21 PM   #8
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LaRue Martin:

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Old 06-02-2007, 03:33 PM   #9
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Kenyon Martin was pretty bad as well imo. for a first pick i expected more.
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Default Re: Worst number 1 draft picks in NBA history

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Kenyon Martin was pretty bad as well imo. for a first pick i expected more.
I think that is poor logic.

I think a #1 pick is only "a bad pick" if they don't pan out. Now, at the time, K-Mart was the #1 guy. No doubt. I mean, who would you honestly have taken over him? Stro Swift? Fizer? He was the guy. He's had injury problems. Out of the top 10 picks, I'd say he's still the best player today. It was just a weak draft.
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Old 06-02-2007, 05:07 PM   #11
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The thing I dont get is why lakers would trade Caron Butler tha allstar for Kwame Brown
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Old 06-02-2007, 05:21 PM   #12
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Kenyon Martin was pretty bad as well imo. for a first pick i expected more.
K-Mart was a beast before he had all the surgeries and injuries. He broke his leg in college, so he was already considered injury-prone. K-Mart was always a great player when healthy though.
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Andrea Bargnani.
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Old 06-02-2007, 06:25 PM   #15
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Kwame I'd say Kandi was bad not as bad as Kwame.
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