Bennett and the 10 worst numbers in the draft history

The Rockets are going to give him another chance at the first election of 2013. He's on a damn list that includes Olowokandi, Kwame Brown, Oden, Bargnani ...


Expectations that are not met, injuries that destroy races that have not started, players chosen ahead of others that leave them far behind in their respective trajectories ... elect in the NBA draft is not easy and is not an exact science. Over the years it is easy to judge but the responsibility of choosing number 1 often ends in bumps, stress fractures that bleed franchises during, sometimes, decades ... Many times, those marked are pivots and big players who slip through that (increasingly outdated) centimeters are taught, centimeters are not. The case is that in the cursed list of the number 1 of draft that worse result gave in the NBA was joined recently Anthony Bennett, a surprise in 2013 and a pilgrim who went through four franchises in four years, always without luck, and that the Rockets will give him another chance. Here they go, without a specific order, ten that disappointed as leaders of their promotion:

Anthony Bennett (number 1 in 2013: Cleveland Cavaliers)

A surprise, chosen ahead of Victor Oladipo or a Nerlens Noel whose actions came down for a serious injury of knee that prevented him from playing during his first season. In the Cavs he did not go from 4.2 points and 3 rebounds per game and he only passed 6 times from ten points (he never reached twenty). He went to Minnesota in the transfer by Kevin Love, but neither: 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds ... and only one game of 20 exact points. Cut by the Wolves, he went to Toronto Raptors but in his homeland (he was born in Toronto) he only played 84 minutes in 19 games before being, again and in between and after the Development League, cut. He tried for the last time in the Brooklyn Nets: 23 games. Then he went to Europe to join the Fenerbahçe, which won the Euroleague that year although with little participation of Bennett, who ended up in the G League. The Rockets will give him another chance now.

Greg Oden (number 1 in 2007: Portland Trail Blazers)

The injuries did not stop or flourish the career of which was called to be the Bill Russell of this era. A gigantic center, demolishing in defense and with presence in attack. A player who sowed terror in Ohio State and who even decided games with the injured good hand. The Blazers, surely the damned draft team par excellence, played with him ahead of Kevin Durant and by then many experts agreed with them. In Portland he only played 82 games between 2007 and 2012, between recovery and recovery and braking every time he appeared. He then tried it in the Miami Heat with LeBron and his big three, but it hardly worked as a fill-up for the team that was swept by the Spurs in the 2014 Final. After passing through China, he announced his definitive retirement, although he is now playing in the Big3 League. 3x3.

Michael Olowokandi (number 1 of the 1998 draft: Clippers)

The Clippers have not been too fortunate, either in the history of the draft or in their overall trajectory. Olowokandi took the 1 in a draft in which were Mike Bibby, Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter, Paul Pierce, Dirk Nowitzki, Rashard Lewis ... He came to the NBA in lockout year after passing through Italy, did not shine in his five years in LA (9.9 points and 8 rebounds) and traveled after Minnesota to Boston, his last team (2006-07). Injuries, inconsistency, poor physical condition ... was just an intimidating pivot that put kilos in the area, something very different from what was expected when dominated in its university stage.

LaRue Martin (number 1 of the draft of 1972: Portland Trail Blazers)

The Blazers, ay: Greg Oden with 1 ahead of Durant, Sam Bowie with 2 in 1984 ahead of Michael Jordan ... and Martin before McAdoo, Westphal ... and Julius Erving. De LaRue was expected to be a power forward but only endured four seasons in the NBA and the best (1974-75) just averaged 7 points and 5 rebounds per game. He left in 1976, just a year before the Blazers won his ring from the hand of Bill Walton, drafted in 1974 but barely coincided with Martin because he spent most of the season 74-75 in the dry dock for his damn injuries .

Kwame Brown (number 1 of the 2001 draft: Washington Wizards)

He spent more than twelve years in his NBA career and went through seven teams. Won 64 million in contracts and never averaged more than 10.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game (2003-04, the penultimate in the Wizards before being traded to the Lakers). In his career he did not go from 6,6 and 5,5, very far from the dominant pivot that he visualized Michael Jordan, who gave him number 1 in Washington ahead of Pau Gasol, Joe Johnson, Tyson Chandler, Zach Randolph, Gerald Wallace, Tony Parker, Gilbert Arenas ... Immature and not very consistent, it would not have been bad for him to go through Florida, that was his pra mere idea, instead of making the jump directly to the NBA from Glynn Academy, where he was surrounded by an aura of the dominant pivot that never was.

Pervis Ellison (number 1 of the 1989 draft: Sacramento Kings)

A pivot something undersized but that He came to the NBA with a college degree earned with Louisville. By then he was nicknamed Never Nervous (never nervous). The Kings played with him ahead of Glen Rice, Tim Hardaway, Shawn Kemp or Vlade Divac, among others, and could barely get their services because of the injuries before transferring to Washington. There he had good moments (20 points per game in the 1991-92 season) but he was condemned by the crystal player sambenito: in eleven seasons he only played once more than 70 games.

Kent Benson (number 1 of the 1977 draft: Milwaukee Bucks)

It is not easy to be number 1 in the draft in which Bernard King was chosen. And less if you are a pivot of almost 2.10 who had had a huge success at the University of Indiana to never get in the NBA to deploy their potential. Benson was only three years in the Bucks and did not reach 10 points and 6 rebounds on average. He then went through Jazz, Cavaliers and Pistons, with whom he had his most outstanding journey, especially between 1980 and 1982. After eleven years in the NBA, for what he is most remembered is because Kareem Abdul-Jabbar broke his jaw and he broke his hand for punching ... when Benson had barely been two minutes on the track in his first professional game.

Art Heyman (number 1 of the 1963 draft: New York Knicks)

The Knicks let Nate Thurmond escape, which ended in the Hall of Fame and in the list of the 50 best players in the history of the league. Heyman was only three seasons in New York before leaving to play the ABA. With him, the Knicks lost more than half of the games they played and only as a rookie scored more than 10 points per night. A misery for a player who arrived as Duke's great star, no less, where he beat in his time total points and points per game records.

Joe Smith (number 1 of the 1995 draft: Golden State Warriors)

Elected ahead from Rasheed Wallace, Kevin Garnett, Antonio McDyess, Jerry Stackhouse or Michael Finley. He never managed to be the star that had excelled in professional basketball at the University of Maryland, but at least he ended up establishing himself as an accomplished professional: in 16 years he played for 12 teams and spent his last seven years without averaging more than 25 minutes per night. . Then he was punished by the scandal that Kevin McHale hatched in the Wolves, who offered him more money in the future if he signed an affordable contract for the Minneapolis franchise to point to other stars. And it did not help, of course, to have been chosen ahead of monsters like Garnett and Rasheed.

Andrea Bargnani (number 1 of the 2006 draft: Toronto Raptors)

Do you deserve il Mago to be on this list? By numbers, his career has not been as abysmal as that of others, but he has left a trail of lost opportunity, of untapped talent after some promising times in Toronto. He treated his last stage between Knicks and Nets very badly. Of course, he has won more than 72 million dollars in contracts and was in the Rookie Best Quintet at a time when everyone in the NBA was looking for the next great European sensation. From his draft came LaMarcus Aldridge, Brandon Roy (a huge talent crushed by injuries), Rajon Rondo, Kyle Lowry and Paul Millsap, but also very high Adam Morrison, Tyrus Thomas and Shelden Williams (the three top-5). Bargnani averaged more than 21 points per game in the 2010-11 season. But many times hollow points, without rebounds or leadership. It was a few months in the Baskonia and afterwards, nothing else was known about the Italian center.



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