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Top 20 Biggest Draft Busts: From Darko to Weis and screw-ups in between

by | College Basketball Insider
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Pistons GM Joe Dumars took Darko Milicic over Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. (Getty Images)  
Pistons GM Joe Dumars took Darko Milicic over Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. (Getty Images)  

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Darko, the Candy Man, Greg Oden and Kwame. It wasn't an easy task determining El Busto -- the biggest draft screw-ups of the past 25 years. But we've ranked the Top 20 Biggest Busts in preparation for Thursday night's NBA Draft.

Michael Jordan makes a couple of appearances. So does former Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor and veteran GMs Chris Wallace and Rick Sund.

A bust Hall of Famer: Michael Olowokandi of Clippers infamy. (Getty Images)  
A bust Hall of Famer: Michael Olowokandi of Clippers infamy. (Getty Images)  
1. Darko Milicic
Overall selection: 2
Year: 2003
Team: Detroit Pistons
GM: Joe Dumars
Career numbers: 467 games, 6 ppg, 4.2 rpg
Could have had: Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade

2. Michael Olowokandi
Overall selection: 1
Year: 1998
Team: Los Angeles Clippers
GM: Elgin Baylor
Career numbers: 500 games, 8.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg
Could have had: Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce

3. Greg Oden
Overall selection: 1
Year: 2007
Team: Portland Trail Blazers
GM: Kevin Pritchard
Career numbers: 82 career games, 9.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg
Could have had: Kevin Durant, Al Horford

4. Kwame Brown
Overall selection: 1
Year: 2001
Team: Washington Wizards
GM: Michael Jordan
Career numbers: 585 games, 6.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg
Could have had: Tyson Chandler, Pau Gasol

5. Nikoloz Tskitishvili
Overall selection: 5
Year: 2002
Team: Denver Nuggets
GM: Kiki Vandeweghe
Career numbers: 172 games, 2.9 ppg, 1.2 rpg
Could have had: Nene, Amar'e Stoudemire, Caron Butler

6. Hasheem Thabeet
Overall selection: 2
Year: 2009
Team: Memphis Grizzlies
GM: Chris Wallace
Career numbers: 135 games, 2.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg
Could have had: James Harden, Tyreke Evans, Ricky Rubio

Great at Gonzaga, Adam Morrison in the NBA? Not so much. (Getty Images)  
Great at Gonzaga, Adam Morrison in the NBA? Not so much. (Getty Images)  
7. Adam Morrison
Overall selection: 3
Year: 2006
Team: Charlotte Bobcats
GM: Michael Jordan/Bernie Bickerstaff
Career numbers: 161 games, 7.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg
Could have had: Brandon Roy, Rudy Gay

8. Robert Traylor
Overall selection: 6
Year: 1998
Team: Milwaukee
GM: Bob Weinhauer
Career numbers: 438 career games, 4.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg
Could have had: Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce

9. Joe Alexander
Overall selection: 8
Year: 2008
Team: Milwaukee Bucks
GM: John Hammond
Career numbers: 67 games, 4.7 ppg
Could have had: D.J. Augustin, Brook Lopez, Roy Hibbert

10. Todd Fuller
Overall selection: 11
Year: 1996
Team: Golden State
GM: Dave Twardzik
Career: 225 career games, 3.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg
Could have had: Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Jermaine O'Neal

11. Jonathan Bender
Overall selection: 5
Year: 1999
Team: Toronto Raptors
GM: Glen Grunwald
Career numbers: 262 career games, 5.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg
Could have had: Rip Hamilton, Andre Miller, Shawn Marion

12. Shelden Williams
Overall selection: 5
Year: 2006
Team: Atlanta Hawks
GM: Billy Knight
Career numbers: 361 career games, 4.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg
Could have had: Brandon Roy, Rudy Gay

13. Fran Vazquez
Overall selection: 11
Year: 2005
Team: Orlando Magic
GM: Otis Smith
Career numbers: Vazquez never played a single NBA game, opting instead to remain overseas.
Could have had: Danny Granger, Jarrett Jack, Jason Maxiell

Rafael Araujo turned out to be the Raptors center of ... well, never. (Getty Images)  
Rafael Araujo turned out to be the Raptors center of ... well, never. (Getty Images)  
14. Rafael Araujo
Overall selection: 8
Year: 2004
Team: Toronto Raptors
GM: Rob Babcock
Career numbers: 139 career games, 2.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg
Could have had: Andre Iguodala, Al Jefferson, Josh Smith

15. Luke Jackson
Overall selection: 10
Year: 2004
Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
GM: Jim Paxson
Career numbers: 73 career games, 3.5 ppg
Could have had: Al Jefferson, Josh Smith, Dorell Wright

16. Michael Sweetney
Overall selection: 9
Year: 2003
Team: New York Knicks
GM: Scott Layden
Career: 233 career games, 6.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg
Could have had: Nick Collison, David West, Boris Diaw

17. Robert Swift
Overall selection: 12
Year: 2004
Team: Seattle Sonics
GM:
Rick Sund
Career:
Played 97 games and averaged 4.3 points and 3.9 boards.
Could have had:
Al Jefferson, Josh Smith, Dorell Wright

18. Kedrick Brown
Overall selection: 11
Year: 2001
Team: Boston Celtics
GM: Chris Wallace
Career numbers: 143 career games, 3.6 ppg
Could have had: Richard Jefferson, Zach Randolph

19. Patrick O'Bryant
Overall selection: 9
Year: 2006
Team: Golden State
GM: Chris Mullin
Career numbers: 90 career games, 2.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg
Could have had: J.J. Redick, Thabo Sefolosha

20. Frederic Weis
Overall selection: 15
Year: 1999
Team:New York Knicks
GM: Ed Tapscott
Career numbers: Never played a game in the NBA and retired in 2011.
Could have had: Metta World Peace, James Posey

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