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
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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