It’s less than a day before draft day and teams are gearing for a bigger and brighter 2009-2010 season. Blake Griffin is a sure no.1 pick but no.2 onwards would be a roller coaster ride. Will Memphis choose a skilled but very raw rookie point guard in Rubio? Or will they choose a defensive center that lacks the offensive power Hasheem Thabeet other GM’s are doubtful in partaking the draft granting they will have to spend millions on a risky and unknown future. This draft showcases a deep level of quality players but no superstar quality level type of player like Lebron James or Kobe Bryant. The Washington Wizards opt to trade their no.5 spot for two quality veterans in Randy Foye and Mike Miller. The risk is too great to gamble and trading tested players for a rookie is a no contest especially in this draft pool. To get a bigger picture of it lets take a look at NBA’s draft day bust from 2000-2007
2000 – Marcus Fizer, Stromile Swift, Dermarr Johnson
Well aside from Kenyon Martin who was the top pick of that draft the rest came out to be underachievers and early career exits. The biggest name in this draft would have to be Hedo Turkoglu who was drafted by Sacramento at 16th pick way below Jason Collier (15), Marcus Fizer (4), Stromile Swift (2), Dermarr Johnson (6) and Jerome Moiso(11)?
2001- Hands down Kwame Brown
This so far came out to be one of the biggest busts in NBA history. Kwame never lived up to all the hype and worst he never even showcase his yet potential trying to play in the NBA straight out from highschool. The 2001 was so far a very talented pool of rookies like Pau Gasol, Shane Battier, Richard Jefferson, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Tyson Chandler and surprisingly the sleeper of that draft pick no.28 from San Antonio Tony Parker. I feel for the Wizards frustration especially seeing Gasol and Parker cruise their way to championship rings.
2002- Jay Williams
Well Jay Williams was a good basketball player while playing at Duke but his career was short lived due to a motorcycle incident. The Bulls who drafted him at no.2 spot only got a minute taste of Williams’s explosiveness in the 2002-03 season including a triple-double outing against New Jersey. It was an unfortunate incident and coming from a knee ligament injury it was impossible to get back to where he started. Chicago shed out $ 3 million in return for the buy out. Other rookies in that draft are John Salmons, Caron Butler, Amare Stoudemire and second round no. 35 pick All-star Carlos Boozer.
2003- Darko Milicic
From Top to bottom this draft pool is loaded in talent with superstar level players like top pick Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, David West, Josh Howard and Mo Williams. Detroit could have chosen Wade, Anthony or Bosh but instead they went for an unknown European player in Darko Milicic. He averaged 5.6 minutes per game in Detroit he was Detroit’s future project but he attribute his slow development on his lack of playing time. Their no.2 spot could have been used now when they are slowly rebuilding their franchise sad to say it got nothing in return.
2004- Rafael Araujo
Toronto could have used Andre Iguodala’s athleticism or Jameer Nelson’s play making ability but instead they went for the 6’11” BYU center in Rafael Araujo. He is a decent player who could provide the muscle needed for the Raptors but then again 3.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and only 12.5 minutes per game doesn’t give you any justice.
2005- Andrew Bogut
Milwaukee can make a big argument about this since he average 9.4 ppg with 7 rpg on his rookie season and was third in votes for Rookie of the year. He could have achieved greater heights with his co rookies but injuries plagued him from doing so. Andrew Bogut is still a talented and skilled big man but his greatness is still a big question while Deron Williams (3) and Chris Paul (4) continue their own legacy. Other rookies in this draft are Andrew Bynum, Danny Granger, David Lee and Monta Ellis.
2006 – Andrea Bargnani
Toronto found a gem on a 7 foot 250 lbs center that plays like Nowitzki. Andrea Bargnani is still a developing big man with a decent shooting touch but Andrea lacks the intensity to carry his team. Instead of a go to guy he became a role player for his team. The Raptors could have used Brandon Roy but nonetheless Bargnani is getting there lets just hope he wont get injured.
2007 – Greg Oden
The Portland Trail Blazers wanted an NBA ready body and Kevin Durant doesn’t fit that category. They were weary thinking that Durant won’t be able to keep up with the physicality of the NBA and instead choose a safer pick in Greg Oden well we all know what happened next. Kevin Durant went on to win the rookie of the year award and Oden sideline for the entire season had to play his rookie year the year after.