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Top Ten Worst NBA Draft Flops

By Justin Voccola

justin_voccola@yahoo.com

June 13th, 2005

 

 

Top Ten Worst NBA Draft Flops

1) Michael Olowokandi (Pacfifc)

Drafted number one in 1998 by the L.A. Clippers, this 7-foot Englishman has been a problem on and off the court. After four underachieving years in L.A., Olowokandi was expected to fill Minnesota’s void at center. However, both his career and team have regressed since his arrival.

2) Shawn Bradley (Brigham Young)

Selected by Philadelphia with the 2nd pick in 1993, this giant has never been able to become a dominant force in NBA. Although his size has enabled him to remain in the league, he has not become the intimidating presence scouts predicted.

3) Dennis Hopson (Ohio State)

Drafted by New Jersey with the 3rd pick in 1987 ahead of Scottie Pippen and Kevin Johnson, Hopson’s career was both brief an uneventful. This big time scorer at Ohio State (29.0 ppg his senior season) could not duplicate his success at the pro level.

4) Chris Washburn (North Carolina St)

Taken number 3 by Golden State in 1986, this seven footer never lived up to his potential due to a reoccurring drug problem that led to his permanent suspension from the NBA in 1989.

5) Todd Fuller (North Carolina St)

Former N.C. State standout was chosen 11th by the Golden State Warriors in 1996. NBA career has never taken off. Stayed in the league for five seasons. However, has not seen action since 2001.

6) William Avery (Duke)

Poster child for why you should stay in school. Former McDonald’s All-American left Duke after sophomore season and was selected by Minnesota with the 14th pick. NBA career in Minnesota never really panned out. Averaged a couple of points a game as backup. But does not have a roster spot in the league today.

7) Danny Ferry (Duke)

After a prolific college career, Ferry was selected with the 2nd pick by the Clippers in 1989. Although he had a long career in the NBA, lack of physical attributes prevented him from being dominant player he was at Duke.

8) Sam Bowie (Kentucky)

Drafted number two by Portland in 1984, his career will be remembered for the players he was chosen ahead of. Namely, Hall of Famers: Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and John Stockton.

9) Ed O’Bannon (UCLA)

After winning the national championship and Wooden Player of the Year award at UCLA, O’Bannon was never able to repeat his performance in the NBA when he was selected ninth by the New Jersey Nets in 1995. O’Bannon player with the Nets for two seasons before injuries eventually caused him to stop playing in the NBA.

10) Steve Stipanovich (Ohio State)

Drafted number two in 1983 ahead of Byron Scott and Clyde Drexler, this big man failed to produce a career justifying his selection. Although putting up decent numbers, a knee condition prevented him from ever becoming a dominant force in the league. Moreover, it forced him to quit the game in 1989.

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