Tuesday, June 4, 2013

NBA Draft - Worst #10 Picks Since 1980

Worst #10 Picks since 1980

4.  Leon Wood, Philadelphia 76ers, 1984, from Cal State Fullerton (274 games, 6.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 3.2 apg) - Wood played with 6 teams in 6 seasons, starting just 19 games in his career.  He was a Gold Medalist on the 1984 Olympic team and sued the NBA over the rookie salary cap of $75,000 in 1984.  Ironically, he still works for the NBA as an official.  Kevin Willis, Jay Humphries, Michael Cage and John Stockton were all picked between 11 and 17 in 1984.

3.  Keith Edmonson, Atlanta Hawks, 1982, from Purdue (87 games, 6.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 0.6 apg) - After trying to latch on with 3 teams in 2 seasons, Edmonson's NBA career was over and the Hawks had a bust at #10 in 1982.  All was not lost for the Hawks though in the 1982 draft.  The Utah Jazz selected Dominique Wilkins with the 3rd selection, but Wilkins did not want to play for Utah and the Jazz also had cash flow problems.  A few months after the draft, the Jazz shipped 'Nique to Atlanta where he became the "Human Highlight Film".  He could have been paired with the likes of "Fat" Lever or "Sleepy" Floyd has the Hawks chose differently at #10.

2.  Luke Jackson, Cleveland Cavaliers, 2004, from Oregon (73 games, 3.5 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.8 apg) - Stints with 4 teams in 4 seasons led to a disappointing career for the former Oregon Duck.  He shot a dismal 36% from the floor and struggled to find playing time.  The Cavaliers could have paired up a young LeBron James with Al Jefferson or Josh Smith, but alas Jackson was the choice in 2004.

1.  Saer Sene, Seattle SuperSonics, 2006, from Senegal (47 games, 2.2 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1 career assist) - A project selected from the Senegal, Sene never matched this potential and the NBA infatuation with large wingspans.  He played 260 minutes in his career...LeBron James just played over 300 in the 7-game series against the Pacers.  On the bright side, Sene did not improve Seattle as a team and the following season they were able to pick #2 and select Kevin Durant.


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