Top 10 NBA lottery busts of the last decade
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6. Rafael Araujo(notes), Toronto Raptors, taken eighth overall in 2004

Your humble narrator received all sorts of stick from Toronto backers for calling Hoffa a bust after his rookie year, as if he was ready for a bust-out season at age 25 after turning the ball over on nearly 21 percent of the possessions he used up in 2004-05. Raps fans, as they sometimes do, warmed to a dose of reality a year later when Araujo continued to stink, and Jazz fans got a taste in his third season before he was mercifully left to play overseas. And Rob Babcock? Don't draft players who are two months away from their 24th birthday, unless they're averaging 30 and 20 in the NCAAs. It's not Hoffa's fault; he worked his butt off. He was just a huge reach at eighth overall.

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could lenny bias be included on this list? i know that's pretty insensitive, but it's a pick that ultimately amounted to even less that hoffa or kwame...
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True that.

But in all fairness, every single "expert" on the planet during that time was calling him the biggest, toughest, most NBA ready guy in the draft, which, at the time was what Toronto desperately needed.

He did indeed suck. But I sure did love Araujo's mean streak.
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could lenny bias be included on this list? i know that's pretty insensitive, but it's a pick that ultimately amounted to even less that hoffa or kwame...
No.

He just died, he didn't bust.

And yes, it is insensitive, but really, insensitivity is often unavoidable if you're being honest with people.
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alls i'm sayin' is that he's probably the biggest watse of a 1st round pick of all time. that can't be wrong can it?
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1. Darko Milicic(notes), Detroit Pistons, taken second overall in 2003

He's the total package. His name eases right into the lame jokes ("you could get yourself another Dar-ko Milicic; you know what I mean? This guy knows what I'm talking about!"), he's been an underachieving flameout, he only rose to prominence by taking advantage of well-sourced but not entirely basketball-savvy (at least, then) hoops scribes who were smitten by his ability to spin and dunk in an empty gym, and he was taken ahead of franchise types like Dwyane Wade(notes), Carmelo Anthony(notes) and Chris Bosh(notes). Darko is, quite easily, the biggest lottery bust of the decade.
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why is that funny?
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haha, oh Adam Morrison. It's like he never even looked in a mirror! haha
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Old 08-26-2009, 10:40 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm willing to bet that if the Raptors got the 2nd pick in the 2003 draft, Darko would have been a Raptor. Point is, you don't know if these guys pan out. You just have to hope. And who's to say that Bosh, Wade or Anthony would have thrived under Larry Brown? Darko was nailed to that bench, he hardly spoke English and no one really reached out to him.
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These guys are collecting 7-figure salaries while we're just sad sacks of shit hoping for our 15 minutes or would have to work at least a good 15 years just to make what these guys have in 1 year.
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alls i'm sayin' is that he's probably the biggest watse of a 1st round pick of all time. that can't be wrong can it?
Nah, it's not so bad.

Mostly, for me at least, a Bust is a guy that is super hyped to dominate and then basically can't play iin the league.

People over use the term way too much.

Oddly, and a real delight was that no where in that article, or in the comments, did Andrea's name come up. Hopefully were over the silly "Bustnani" phase?
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a guy that is super hyped to dominate and then basically can't play iin the league.
doesn't that precisely describe len bias?
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no.

we'll never know if he was a bust, he died.

don't mix tragedy up with bust.
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Seeing Hoffa was a pleasant surprise - I opened this thread up fully expecting to read a typically ignorant blurb about Andrea.
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Len Bias never got the opportunity to justify his selection.
I think a bust is more a player that had every chance to succeed and either just choked or flat out sucked.
Maybe the bigger failures are the executives who selected these players.

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2. Entire 2000 NBA draft

You can't pick a single bust-worthy standout. Sure, Stromile Swift(notes) (taken second overall) has disappointed greatly, but what were the Grizzlies' options? Darius Miles(notes)? Marcus Fizer? Chris Mihm(notes)? DerMarr Johnson(notes)? Do you want me to go on? Or do you want me to just mention Jerome Moiso's name and move on with it? It nearly bears mentioning that any time I see a comment wondering how it was, exactly, that a dope like me got this job, I think back to this draft. And I think, "I live-blogged the 2000 NBA draft. I've paid my dues, dammit."
This. Is stupid. How can an entire class be a bust? The draft was bad, but, in-itself, a bust compared to what? What else could the GMs do ... pass on this draft and wait for the next?
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This. Is stupid. How can an entire class be a bust? The draft was bad, but, in-itself, a bust compared to what? What else could the GMs do ... pass on this draft and wait for the next?
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A draft is a crapshoot. You HOPE the player you selected pans out. Nothing is guaranteed.
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