Now that the NBA Draft is o-v-a, let’s critique the past before we venture into the future.
What a much better title to a (classic?) movie trilogy!!!
Venture to the Future!!!
Okay, not so much.
There are EASY busts to find, as you’ll see below, but I want to change things up a little bit. It’s just my style…
Here are the “guidelines”:
A) I’ll display the EASY pick (or picks) after my own selection.
B) Only one sentence of justification (I hope).
C) I’ll share a BUST I predicted correctly and a BOOM I didn’t see coming.
D) I’ll try and eliminate bias. Key word: try.
I may chew on these words in the coming years (hope I do!), yet I wonder far too often if passing up on Brook Lopez, Eric Gordon, or even Jerryd Bayless may haunt Donnie Walsh from his first season as Knicks GM.
Easy Pick: #8 Joe Alexander (
BUST: Tougher thank you think to isolate…
BOOM: #22 Courtney Lee (
Nobody hopes I’m wrong more than me; HOWEVER, as of now (AS OF NOW), he’s a BUST. As of now…
Easy Pick: #7 Corey Brewer (
BUST: #20 Jason Smith (
BOOM: #26 Aaron Brooks (
2006 – #3. Adam Morrison [Charlotte via Gonzaga]
As sloppy an early 1st round (save teammates Brandon Roy & LaMarcus Aldridge thus far) you’re likely to see in recent memory, this first round was a mess altogether; made no better by another somewhat baffling selection by the GM known as MJ.
Easy Pick: #10 Mouhammed Sene (Seattle via
BUST: #9 Patrick O’Bryant (
BOOM: #21 Rajon Rondo (
While many of the names after him didn’t far any better, Webster was a high schooler who was chosen specifically because of how he shot the deep ball, which still makes no sense to me at all.
Easy Pick: #11 Fran Vazquez (Orlando via Spain)
BUST: #12 Yaroslav Korolev [LA Clippers via Russia]
BOOM: #30 David Lee [
A personal favorite of mine, the former Duck was a sensational college scorer who fell flat on his face in a far-too-athletic NBA.
Easy Pick: #8 Rafael Araujo (
BUST: #13 Sebastian Telfair (
BOOM: #26 Kevin Martin (Sacremento via Western Carolina)
2003 – #2. Darko Milicic [Detroit via Serbia]
Perhaps the “too easy pick”, Milicic went to a STACKED
Easy Pick: #9 Michael Sweetney [
BUST: #10 Jarvis Hayes [
BOOM: #18 David West [
A motorcycle crash, nearly fatal, in 2003 rocked the career of the former collegiate standout; nevertheless, questions had remained concerning Williams’ size and decision making abilities.
Easy Picks: #5 Nikoloz Tskitishvili [
BUST: #12 Melvin Ely (LA Clippers via
BOOM: #34 Carlos Boozer (
Whenever you mention 2001, you think Kwame Brown; however, White – the National Freshman of the Year – left the NBA in 2005 with little to nothing to show for his career.
Easy Pick: #11 Kedrick Brown (
Too Easy Pick: #1 Kwame Brown (
BUST: #17 Michael Bradley (Toronto via Villanova)
BOOM: #10 Joe Johnson (
58 selections and only 3 All-Stars (Kenyon Martin, Jamaal Magloire, & Michael Redd) emerged, none more telling a sign than the journeyman Johnson, who may have rode the coattails of fellow first-round pick Kenyon Martin to far too high of a selection.
Easy Pick: #4 Marcus Fizer [
BUSTED: #7 Chris Mihm [
BOOM: #37 Eddie House [
Note: This draft was an absolute blood bath. God bless Michael Redd for making something of this train wreck of "talent".
Perhaps best known as the ultimate “poster” for Vince Carter, Weis was taken over
Easy Pick: #5 Jonathan Bender [
BUSTED: #11 Trajan Langdon [
BOOM: #9 Shawn Marion [Phoenix via UNLV]
Now it’s YOUR turn to bring out your disappointments and surprises.
Well come on!!!
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