So they passed on Curry twice for two guys who play the same position.The Pelicans (counting only their history in New Orleans) have had plenty of bad draft selections. 13, so don't let anyone tell you that this trade looked horrible at the time — especially given the since-corroboratedreports that Bryant tried to force his way to Los Angeles.But Bryant was right there, in the Hornets' hands, and he didn't have nearly as much leverage as his actions suggested.

He instead became most well-known for being Vince Carter’s victim on one of the In 2012, Perry Jones was drafted No.

Fredette’s skills, unfortunately, wouldn’t translate to the NBA.

Bargnani's defense and rebounding have become more and more inexcusable, and now Toronto would be lucky just to dump his contract elsewhere. In the trade, the Hornets sent Kobe away in exchange for Vlade Divac, who was a pretty good player at the time.

Rice was the national champion. However, things have worked out well for the Celtics, as they're probably the favorite to win the East, and they're one of the deepest teams in the entire league.Michael Beasley certainly doesn't lack talent.

Ranking the 10 Worst NBA Draft Mistakes of the Last Decade 0 of 10 Even the best teams miss sooner or later, and no team in the last decade has taken the best player at every possible turn. Sure, his character wasn't the best, but perhaps that wouldn't have been the case if he ended up being a part of the Spurs organization.You could argue that the Magic drafting and trading Chris Webber to Golden State in exchange for Penny Hardaway was the worst draft mistake in the history of their franchise, but Penny did go on to be one of the most effective point guards in the league prior to him getting injured. 2.The Suns had four chances to grab him and instead took five players — including twins Floyd and Lloyd Kerr — ahead of him. On the other hand, Jonny Flynn, who the Timberwolves picked over the Golden State Warriors' All-Star guard and former league MVP, ended being one of the biggest busts in recent memory. But with the No.

Of course, this didn't end up hurting the Pistons in the short-term, as they won the 2004 NBA championship. But nobody is exempt from having made miscues in the draft, as every NBA team has made a mistake at one point or another. But man, this was a huge miss.Pippen, playing the same position, was the unproven but ridiculously athletic guy out of the small school (Central Arkansas). But, at the time, and even in hindsight, this was an abysmal pick, as Sene was out of the league just a few years after he was drafted.At the time, nobody could've predicted that Draymond Green, who was a second-round pick, would've become one of the most versatile and valuable players in the entire league. But deciding to pick a college sixth man over one of the best starting point guards in the country at the time was a huge mistake by the Hawks.The Denver Nuggets could've ended up pairing Amar'e Stoudemire with Carmelo Anthony, but instead, they decided to draft Nikoloz Tskitishvili, who didn't amount to much in the NBA. And moving Divac opened the door for the Lakers to bring in Shaquille O'Neal.The Bulls and Trail Blazers agreed to a draft-day trade in this one, with the Blazerssending Thomas and defensive-minded small forward Viktor Khryapa to the Bullsfor Aldridge and a future second-rounder.Thomas played 3.5 seasons with the Bulls, mixing flashes of brilliance with maddening inconsistency and poor habits on and off the court. But, as of this writing at least, you can't really argue that the Knicks deciding to select him over Donovan Mitchell, who nearly ended up being the Rookie of the Year in the NBA, was a good move.

This is by far the biggest blunder that the Pacers franchise has made to-date, watching Bird go to the Boston Celtics and win championships during his Hall of Fame career.In 1998, the Los Angeles Clippers held the number one overall pick in the draft. 16 and 19 overall picks, the Bulls were targeting a shooter to add to their core of Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. So, it's pretty safe to say that the Grizzlies blew it back on draft night in 2009.While Robert Traylor ended up becoming a pretty serviceable role player throughout his NBA career, Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki, who they could've and definitely should've not traded to the Mavs, became the best foreign player in NBA history. They had the second overall pick in the 2009 draft, and with Blake Griffin getting taken with the first pick, the Grizzlies had their pick of several future stars: James Harden, Stephen Curry, and DeMar Derozan.

Among the players they could've drafted and paired with the returning Michael Jordan and Richard Hamilton was Pau Gasol, who as we know, ended up making several All-Star teams while being a key player during the Lakers' finals runs in the late 2000s.

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Teams knew that, and he went lower than he should have. Walker was taken number nine overall and averaged just 5.3 points per game in his 10-year NBA career.