Tuesday, June 18, 2013

NBA Draft - Worst #11 Picks Since 1980

Worst #11 Picks since 1980

Just Missed...Keith Lee and Todd Fuller. 

In Process Member - Cole Aldrich, New Orleans Hornets, 2010, from Kansas (89 games in 3 seasons with 3 teams, 2.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 0.5 bpg) - Aldrich has yet to find his footing in the NBA and time might be running out, although he had his best stretch of his career with the Sacramento Kings at the end of this season.  Rarely does one start a career like this and recover in the NBA though.

5.  Trajan Langdon, Cleveland Cavaliers, 1999, from Duke (119 games, 5.4 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.3 apg) - Langdon had a stellar career at Duke, but his limited athleticism and inability to create his own shot ultimately led to him not fitting in with today's NBA game.  Langdon went on to play 8 solid years in the Euro League, including two championships and two first-team all Euro League honors.  His quick realization that he was not suited for the NBA led to a fulfilling career elsewhere.  College teammate Corey Maggette or Ron Artest were picked shortly after Langdon in 1999.

4.  Acie Law IV, Atlanta Hawks, 2007, from Texas A&M (188 games, 3.9 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 1.6 apg) - Law was the first senior taken in the 2007 draft, but maybe the Hawks should have looked elsewhere.  Law never found his NBA footing or shooting touch, playing for 5 different teams in 4 seasons.  A natural right-hander, Law taught himself to shoot left-handed after an injury to his right hand in junior high.  Less-heralded Rodney Stuckey out of Eastern Washington was picked 4 selections after Law.

3. Kedrick Brown, Boston Celtics, 2001, from High School (143 games, 3.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.7 apg) - One of three Celtic draft picks in 2001, Brown never thrived in the NBA.  To make matters worse, when the Celtics acquired Tony Delk and Rodney Rogers from the Suns, they insisted it be Joe Johnson and not Brown as the trading piece.  Richard Jefferson, Troy Murphy and Zach Randolph were selected after Brown.

2.  Jerome Moiso, Boston Celtics, 2000, from UCLA (145 games, 2.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, .5 bpg) - Moiso joins the parade of busts from the 2000 draft, but he may be the bustiest of the top 20.  Moiso was drafted for his athleticism, but it never translated.  He was able to play successfully in the Chinese league after flaming out in the NBA.  Hedo Turkoglu and Desmond Mason were picked 16 and 17 in 2000.

1.  Fran Vazquez, Orlando Magic, 2005, from Spain (never played in the league) - Vazquez surprised the Magic when he decided to remain in Spain after being drafted.  He never came to the NBA.  A wasted pick.  Danny Granger would not have been a wasted pick for the Magic.


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