Monday Listed: The NBA Draft’s Biggest Busts #6-10
This edition of Monday Listed looks at the unfortunate and forgettable side of the NBA draft … Forget that Oden or Durant talk and reacquaint yourself with Hoffa, The Kandi Man, and others … Take a look at the worst picks in draft history and get at us with your thoughts …
The NBA draft is far from an exact science. Franchises keep scouts, directors of player development, psychologists, and personal trainers on staff for one reason: to find the NBA’s next superstar.
Of course, their search is no longer limited to the North American continent. Clubs have gone global, scouring Europe, Asia, and South America for talent.
However, a sure thing can turn out to be a bust, killing franchises and resulting in the front office hitting up the unemployment line.
While experts rank prospects based on talent, HoopsVibe’s Monday Listed decided to look at the unfortunate and forgettable side of the NBA draft.
#10) Rafael Araujo, C, #8, 2004, Toronto Raptors.
Taken ahead of: Andre Igoudala, Al Jefferson, Josh Smith, Kevin Martin, Anderson Varejao, and Chris Duhon.
Claim to Fame: Hoffa was chained to the bench in Toronto for two seasons before being traded to Utah. His minutes didn’t pick up last year with the Jazz. Look for the big Brazilian to end up in Europe with a club team.
#9) Nikoloz Tskitishvili, F, #5, 2002, Denver Nuggets.
Taken ahead of: Amare Stoudemire, Caron Butler, Tayshaun Prince, Nenad Kristic, Carlos Boozer, and Matt Barnes.
Claim to Fame: ‘Skita’ was another Euro slapped with The Next Dirk tag. The seven-footer didn’t play with his Italian club side and sat with five NBA teams before eventually heading back to Europe.
#8) Pervis Ellison, C, #1, 1989, Sacramento Kings.
Taken ahead of: Sean Elliot, Glen Rice, Nick Anderson, Tim Hardaway, Shawn Kemp, B.J. Armstrong, Vlade Divac, and Cliff Robinson.
Claim to Fame: Never Nervous slapped together two decent seasons with the Bullets, but then fizzled with the Celtics and Sonics. Oh well, at least those Washington Bullets have nice throwback jerseys.
#7) Michael Olowokandi, C, #1, 1998, L.A. Clippers.
Taken ahead of: Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki, and Rashard Lewis.
Claim to Fame: Nothing basketball related. In 2004, as a member of the Timberwolves, the ‘Kandi’ man got arrested at a night club for failing to leave in a timely manner. Hey, it’s something.
#6) Shawn Bradley, C, #2, 1993, Philadelphia 76ers.
Taken ahead of: Anfernee Hardaway, Lindsey Hunter, Allan Houston, Nick Van Exel, and Bryon Russell.
Claim to Fame: Can you say poster shot?
Come back to Hoopsvibe The Blog this afternoon for Part 2 of Monday Listed, where we’ll look at more of the NBA’s biggest draft busts.
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