The NBA Draft creates a lot of hype around the young talented players that are set to make his first appearances in the Association, constantly overreacting with their skills and ceiling and making a lot of exaggerated comparisons between them and former or current NBA glories.
And more often than not, those players fail to live up to their expectations, especially when it comes to the first couple of guys that get drafted in one of the most important nights in the NBA season.
Furthermore, many times the second pick winds up having a much more successful career than the 1st choice, or even nonlottery picks or second rounders wind up overplaying the rest of their class as huge steals to the teams that trusted them.
Today, we’ll rank the last 10 overall 2nd picks of the NBA draft, excluding Lonzo Ball considering he’s yet to make his professional debut in the Association after a very successful year at UCLA. Let’s go.
10. Hasheem Thabeet
Thabeet has to be one of the biggest disappointments in NBA Draft history, considering how impressive his physique was as the tallest player in the Association, but struggling mightily against the smaller opposition, coming 2nd overall out of Uconn to play for the Memphis Grizzlies.
After struggling to stay on an NBA roster, Thabeet has been in the D-League and hasn’t shown any improvement whatsoever, and the fact that he was drafted ahead of guys like James Harden, Tyreke Evans, Ricky Rubio, Steph Curry, DeMar DeRozan, Brandon Jennings, Jrue Holiday, Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson and Danny Green just makes it way worse.
9. Derrick Williams
Derrick Williams was a huge flop in the 2011 NBA draft, coming just after Kyrie Irving and before guys like Tristan Thompson, Jonas Valanciunas, Kemba Walker, Klay Thompson, the Morris twins, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Chandler Parsons and Isaiah Thomas.
Still, he was having a very decent season as a presence in the paint off the bench with the Cavs this season, but he was let out of the rotation when it mattered the most, becoming just a below the average player on both ends of the floor after being quite impressive as a Wildcat in the NCAA.
8. Brandon Ingram
Ingram didn’t have a very successful season this prior year, mostly because he was playing behind Luol Deng during the first passages of the season, showing a lot of inconsistency on offense, especially from beyond the arc.
Still, he’s one of the most intriguing prospects in the league right now and has the potential to become a perennial All-Star with two-way skills, so let’s wait he has a bigger role this next season with the Lakers to prove his worth before they make a run for Paul George and LeBron James.
7. Michael Beasley
Beasley has to be one of the greatest mistakes in Miami Heat history, as even if there was absolutely no doubt about his talent, his temper, poor work ethic and lack of discipline made it a very toxic asset during his first 5 seasons or so in the Association.
So, after a couple of stints overseas, Beasley’s again a part of an NBA rotation and he has even manage to produce on any given night, but he’s just a waste of talent at this stage of his career, and the Heat could’ve had Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Danilo Gallinari, Eric Gordon, Serge Ibaka, Nicolas Batum, George Hill, DeAndre Jordan or Goran Dragic with that 2nd overall pick.
6. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
The 23-year-old came to the league with a lot of hype out of Kentucky as one of the best youngsters in the nation in the 2002 NBA Draft, and even if he’s shown a lot of potential on both ends of the floor, the Hornets cannot be happy with what they got out of him so far.
Yes, he’s quite young and has some room for improvement, but his proneness to get injured is a major concern, and considering how loaded this draft was, they must be regretting not taking Bradley Beal, Harrison Barnes, Damian Lillard, Andre Drummond, Draymond Green, or Khris Middleton instead.
5. Evan Turner
Turner was pretty much a disappointment during his first couple of seasons in the league, but he’s managed to turn things around since becoming a member of the Portland Trail Blazers either as a starter or coming off the bench.
In fact, Turner has done a lot of intangibles for the Blazers, even on the defensive end of the floor, and even if he’s definitely not worth of a second overall pick, it’s pretty safe to say that he’s got 6th man of the year potential if he manages to become a more consistent scorer.
4. D’Angelo Russell
Russell practically sealed his own fate when he decided to snitch on Nick Young, making a lot of enemies around the league and even in his locker room just to finally be dealt in a cap clearing move alongside Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets just under a week ago.
Russell still has a lot to prove and he’ll thrive in Brooklyn with no pressure whatsoever, taking as many shots as he wants and trying to prove the Lakers wrong. Truth to be told, he’s shown glances of greatness, but he’s still way far behind what was expected of him.
3. Jabari Parker
Jabari Parker’s offensive game was the most NBA ready we’ve seen in the NBA Draft in a very long while, and he was pretty close to being the 1st overall pick that year, but Andrew Wiggins wind up taking the honors.
Still, Parker has been a major piece for the Milwaukee Bucks, although a couple of injuries have stalled him from reaching his ceiling and his 3 point shoot has regressed a lot, but he’s still quite young and looks like he’s going to be around for a very long time.
2. Victor Oladipo
Oladipo was the 2nd overall pick in one of the most disappointing NBA Drafts of the decade when the Cleveland Cavaliers shocked everybody when they decided to go with Anthony Bennett with the 1st overall selection.
After a couple of dismal seasons in Orlando playing in both guards spots, Oladipo finally landed in Oklahoma City alongside Russell Westbrook to become their second choice in option, and even if he hasn’t gone anywhere near what was expected of him out of Indiana, he’s still manage to be a very productive player for the Thunder.
Today, Oklahoma City Thunder traded him to the Indiana Pacers for Paul George.
1. Kevin Durant
Well, what can we say about Kevin Durant that hasn’t been said already? Making a lot of noise and being called out as a traitor and a snake because he got sick and tired of being number two when he decided to join forces with the Splash Brothers, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala to win his first ever NBA Championships.
Like it or not, Durant is one of the best players in the history of the league, and the Blazers should definitely regret the choice they made when they decided to draft Greg Oden, as KD has grown into a very good defender as well as being probably the best offensive player in the NBA nowadays.