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21 Worst NBA Draft Picks Of All-Time


2. Kwame Brown (Washington, 2001 #1 overall)

Kwame came to the NBA straight out of high school with the top pick in the 2001 draft thanks to Michael Jordan who assured the team he ran that Brown was destined for stardom. Unfortunately, stardom does not involve bouncing around the league for a decade as a mediocre backup center.

Brown was the high school player of the year as a senior in Georgia, finishing his high school career at the historic Glynn Academy as the school’s all-time leading rebounder (1,235) and shot-blocker (605). He also finished second all-time as a scorer and was named to the 2001 McDonald’s All-American Team.

Kwame Brown was drafted by Washington Wizards, under team president Michael Jordan, and he reportedly said to then-Wizards coach Doug Collins, “If you draft me, you’ll never regret it.” In his rookie year, Brown averaged 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, perhaps under pressure from the media and fans.

He stayed with the Wizards for four years, until he and Laron Profit were traded to the Lakers in exchange for Caron Butler and Chucky Atkins. After Lakers, the bouncing began: Memphis Grizzlies – Detroit Pistons – Charlotte Bobcats – Golden State Warriors – Milwaukee Bucks – Philadelphia 76ers

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