Some of the biggest NBA Draft busts of all time and where they are now?
In honor of the NBA draft coming up in June every year around the time the draft starts, notorious names from college and overseas become a household name. This year their are a lot of young talent entering the draft, but not all names live up to expectations once they enter the NBA. Each year there is lottery picks who do not showcase there skills as they did in college or overseas.
During this blog you will see familiar faces who use to be top athletes in college, who are now currently out of the NBA, let’s see where these player’s are now.
Who remember’s Adam Morrison the University of Gonzaga standout shooting guard who took the Zags to the NCAA tournament Sweet Sixteen, and was considered to be one of the top college basketball players in 2005-06. He was also a finalist for the Naismith and the Wooden Award, and was a co-player of the year with J.J. Redick. Morrison’s career did not easily transfer into the NBA level.
Morrison was drafted No. 3 by Charlotte Bobcats and played two seasons with them, his best season was his rookie year averaging 11.8 points per game. In his next season with the Bobcats his performance and playing time decreased, and was cut from the rotation. Morrison left Charlotte and went to Los Angles in 2008-10 to play for the Lakers for two seasons. He had knee injuries throughout his career and never really seemed to be the player he was at Gonzaga. Out of the two seasons with the Lakers Morrison received an NBA championship ring (thanks to Kobe Bryant) but never played more than five minutes during the regular season and playoffs.
Morrison has tried to make a come back to the league, by joining summer league teams but was still waived from the team and decided to quite the NBA. Now Morrison is apart of the coaching staff at Gonzaga, mentoring future athletes.
Kwame Brown.. Where do I start from here, well for starters Brown was drafted No.1 by Washington Wizards and has played for seven teams for 12 seasons. That’s already saying enough since he has been bouncing around teams ever since he came into the NBA. Brown was supposed to be one the next best centers, but due to injuries Brown was unable to hold his standards. Brown has averaged a total of 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds during the course of 12 seasons on different teams.
There has been rumors that Brown may come back into the NBA, but a lot of teams are looking for younger and more skillful player’s at the center position, who do not have a huge injury history. We will see if Kwame Brown will make a comeback to the NBA in the future.
Last but not least is Greg Oden who was drafted No.1 by the Portland Trailblazer in 2007. Some believe that Greg Oden will “be remembered as the biggest bust in NBA history”. That’s pretty sad to stat being Oden was one of the biggest prospects coming out of the University of Ohio State and was seen as one of the next big stars in the league. But after five knee injuries, Oden has not been a consistent player in the NBA due to those reasons.
Oden has been on two teams and has been hurt almost every year, it’s sad to see these player’s not being able to showcase their skills that they had at the college level. But college and NBA are totally different levels of competition. I think if Oden did not get hurt he would still be in the NBA and would be one of the dominant centers today.
After March Madness is over and once June comes around, I will be watching and seeing who I think will be the 2017 NBA busts. So far, I have no predictions on who I think will be a bust, but I sure hope that each player in the draft this year will live up to their expectations. I do not want to see another Adam Morrison, Kwame Brown or Greg Oden who dominated the college level and not having an effect in the NBA. Injuries are apart of the game of basketball, and you can not control what happens on the court. With that being said I will be watching closely to see who will be the next big bust in the NBA.