Being the 2nd overall pick in the NBA Draft is almost nearly as good as being the 1st overall, meaning you may be one of the most talented players in the world and could wind up having an outstanding career anyways.
Guys like Kevin Durant, Jerry West, Bill Russell, Bob McAdoo, Jason Kidd, Gary Payton, Alonzo Mourning, Earl Monroe, Isiah Thomas and many, many more are just a few examples of how good a 2nd overall pick may be, sometimes even better than the 1st.
Obviously, when you’ve got some very good players on one side, you will also have to see the other side of the story, with several 2nd overall picks being incredible busts that just weren’t worthy of the roster spot.
Today, we’re going to let you know about the top 10 worst second overall picks, guy that flat out scammed scouts, the team’s front office and most importantly, the fans.
10. Shawn Bradley
Somehow, Shawn Bradley managed to have a very long NBA career, playing in the Association for 12 full seasons with the Sixers, Mavericks and Nets. Other than being an elite shot blocker (and even Block champion during the 96-97 campaign), his career averages of 8.1 points and 6.3 rebounds on 45% shooting are not really something to brag about if you come 2nd in the Draft.
9. Archie Dees
Way back then, Archie Dees came 2nd overall to the Cincinnati Royals, a team that dealt him after just one season of poor play. Over a 4 season span; Dees also played for the Pistons, Hawks and Packers, posting career averages of 8.1 points and 4.8 boards on 40% from the floor.
8. Don Rehfeldt
Imagine being so bad, that after being the 2nd overall pick in the Draft, you’re only able to stay in the league for two seasons. Well, that was Don Rehfeldt’s case, the 2nd overall pick of the 1952 Draft by the Baltimore Bullets, who sent him to the Hawks after just 10 games of his second campaign, leaving averages of 7.1 points and 5 boards at the small forward spot.
7. Danny Ferry
Danny Ferry is just another example of a piggyback rider that found his way to an NBA Championship. Ferry spent most of his career with the Cavs before retiring with the San Antonio Spurs, spending 12 campaigns in the league and leaving averages of 7 points, 2.8 boards and 1.3 dimes at both forward spots and playing under 20 minutes a night.
6. Paul Hogue
Paul Hoque wasn’t able to keep his NBA scam going right after everybody discovered he was a major bust, only playing in the league for 3 years after being drafted 2nd overall by the Bullets. Also having a 1-year stint with the Knicks, the Center posted non-impressive averages of 6,3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game on a horrid 36% shooting.
5. Darko Milicic
Darko Milicic has to be one of basketball’s biggest busts ever, not just because his lousy averages of 6 points and 4.2 boards per game, but because of the fact that he went ahead of guys like Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Also, the journeyman found his way to an NBA Championship, that’s one lucky dude if you ask me.
4. Jim Brewer
Jim Brewer was never able to take his game up a notch and become the dominant two-way player everybody thought he would become. Still, the defensive specialist made his way to a couple of All-Defensive squads and barely saw the hardwood during the Championship he won for the Lakers. Also playing for Cleveland, Detroit and Portland; he averaged 5.8 points and 6.3 boards.
3. Glen Selbo
After being drafted 2nd overall by the Sheboygan Red Skins in 1950, Glen Selbo was only able to make 13 appearances during his professional career. So, if you’ve never heard of him, don’t worry, we hadn’t either. All we can said is that he was a guard/forward that averaged 3.2 points per game on 19% shooting. Oh, and that he was a major bust.
2. Tom Stith
Yet another example of poor scouting, the New York Knicks drafted Tom Stith 2nd overall in 1963, only to watch the small forward make 25 appearances. Playing under 8 minutes per game, he retired after his rookie season with lousy averages of 3.1 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.
1. Hasheem Thabeet
Beside being the most recent draft bust we’ve seen when we talk about 2nd overall picks, Hasheem Thabeet has to be one of the biggest regrets any franchise has ever had throughout basketball history.
Thabeet was set to dominate the league as one of the tallest men in the world, but his lack of skill set, physical development and overall talent made him fail miserably, constantly trying to get back to the league but never been able to even dominate in the G-league either. Over 224 games, he averaged 2.2 points and 2.7 boards, playing for the Grizzlies, Rockets, Blazers and Thunder.