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21 Worst NBA Draft Picks Of All-Time


For every “can’t miss” draft pick that dominates the league, there seems to be 5 that end up in the D-League, playing ball in Europe, or greeting customers at Wal-Mart.

The following is a list of 21 NBA Draft Picks that nearly every scout was certain would become a superstar, but never amounted to much, if anything.

1. Greg Oden (Portland, 2007 #1 overall)

23 years after Bowie was drafted by Portland, the Blazers made another franchise-killing mistake. Kevin Durant became one of the premier players in the league while Oden has spent most of his career injured.

He attended Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, Indiana which he led to three consecutive Indiana Class 4A basketball championships before graduating in 2006. Oden also played college basketball at Ohio State University for one season, during which the team was the Big Ten Champion and the tournament runner-up in the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship.

In 2007, he was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the #1 overall pick but on September 14, Oden had microfracture surgery on his ailing right knee and because of this injury he missed the entire season. He stayed with the Trail Blazers for five years, but injuries (had arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees) pushed him elsewhere.

In May 2012, Oden announced his intention to sit out the 2012–13 season to focus on rehabbing his injuries. One year later, Greg Oden signed a one-year deal with the Miami Heat for which he currently plays.

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