SportsPulse: It's the trade we've all been waiting for and will shape this offseason and the NBA landscape for years to come. It also makes the Lakers an instant rival in the West.
This year, the # 1 consensus in the NBA draft is a breeze: Zion Williamson.
In a few years the top pick is not that easy Over the years it has been a startling lottery (ahem, Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan in 1984 or Darko Milicic over Carmelo Anthony in 2003), it is the botched number 1, which stands out.
Here's a look at the top five busts in NBA design history. And do not miss our pattern design before the festivities on Thursday (19.00 ET, ESPN).
Anthony Bennett, Cleveland Cavaliers (2013)
The uncertainty over Nerlens Noel's probably best knee injury made 2013 one of the most unpredictable designs in history. And boy, did the Cavaliers smell like they chose? Canadian candidate Bennett was an outstanding player in UNLV but barely the best option against second and third placed Victor Oladipo and Otto Porter. (The Milwaukee Bucks won this design awarding Giannis Antetokounmpo # 15.) Noel dropped to sixth place. The hope was that Bennett's blanket was high. It was not like that. His career averages were 4.4 ppg and 3.1 rpg in 151 games in four seasons.
Kwame Brown, Washington Wizards (2001)
We know that Michael Jordan likes to play, and this selection as general manager of the Wizards is his biggest public slugfest (even worse than the Chicago White Sox). Brown, a 7-footer with raw athleticism, was a high school talent who was expected to become a superstar. It was a train wreck, and although Brown remained in the league for twelve years, his average career score of 6.6 points reflected the mediocrity and low achievements that made his career. His rejection of a $ 30 million contract in his free hand after three below-average seasons still provokes laughter. ,
LaRue Martin, Portland Trail Blazer (1972)
Before the blazers chose Greg Oden over Kevin Durant or Bowie over Jordan, there was Martin, who had one of the least productive careers of a No. 1 poll. The seven-foot Loyola-Chicago man scored an average of 5.3 points in an unspectacular four-year career. Julius "Dr. J" Erving was the best player in this design.
Michael Olowokandi, Los Angeles Clippers (1998)
Another 7-foot project went awry, the big man from the University of Pacific only played basketball organized at age 18. The Clippers learned a hard lesson between hype and potential in this design, via Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce and Vince Carter. The "Kandi Man," as they called him, was a decent shoot-blocker later in his career, but never came offensive.
Greg O'Don, Portland Trail Blazers (2007)
Oden would not have made this list Was not it due to debilitating knee injuries that limited him to 105 games over six years, three of which he did not play at all? But the key was not that Portland knew that Oden's knees were a concern, because there was also a college international of the year called Durant as a possible option to go to No. 1. The Blazers Diced Odes In hindsight, they overtook one of the best players of all time.
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