Landing a hidden gem come NBA Draft night is not something that happens all the time, as being in the right position at the right moment is key to pursue the best young talents out of high school, college or overseas.
And some teams just can’t seem to catch a break during the Draft night, constantly making mistakes with their choices, either because players wind up being flops, or they’re not durable enough or don’t have enough opportunities to prove their worth before thriving elsewhere.
One team that hasn’t been exactly great when landing young talent is the Vancouver / Memphis Grizzlies, a franchise that was pretty much mediocre at best until their final surge several seasons ago as a defensive minded fierce team that wouldn’t back down from anybody.
And that’s why today we’ll remember the 5 worst draft mistakes this franchise has committed over the course of the years, so if you’re a Grizzlies fan, try not to break your laptop after reading this thread.
5. Drew Gooden (2002 NBA Draft)
During the 2002 NBA draft, the Grizzlies took Drew Gooden with the 4th overall pick just to land him for a single season as a forward that wasn’t good at anything at all, struggling to connect from downtown on a consistent basis and playing for 11 different teams through his NBA career.
And what makes this pick even worse is the fact that they actually got him as high as 4th while passing on players like Nene Hilario, Caron Butler, Tayshaun Prince, Carlos Boozer and last but definitely not least: Amar’e Stoudemire.
4. Xavier Henry (2010 NBA Draft)
Not so long ago, the Memphis Grizzlies were entitled to the 12th overall pick of the 2010 Draft, one of the most talented drafts of the past decade, and they decided to completely waste it with Xavier Henry, a guy that seemed poised for stardom after injuries stopped him from growing.
They could’ve done a lot better if they selected players like Ed Davis, Avery Bradley, Hassan Whiteside or Eric Bledsoe.
3. Shane Battier (2001 NBA Draft)
Shane Battier was one of the most crafty players you’ll find, playing outstanding defense and constantly making offensive players charge to be called for offensive fouls, while also being a very reliable scorer from downtown despite not being the most versatile scorer.
Still, they couldn’t get the most out of it and what makes that even worse is the fact that they drafted him 6th overall out of Duke when they could’ve gone with Zach Randolph, Gilbert Arenas or Joe Johnson.
2. Antonio Daniels (1997 NBA Draft)
Averaging 7.6 points and 3.8 assists per game in over 13 seasons isn’t much of a highlight despite being part of the 1999 NBA Champions San Antonio Spurs, and the Grizzlies actually wasted their 4th overall pick on this guy to have him for just one season.
Once again, selecting a flop isn’t entirely their fault and that wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t for the fact that they could’ve gone with one of the best players to ever lace them up in this competition: Tracy McGrady.
1. Hasheem Thabeet (2009 NBA Draft)
And this guy has to be definitely one of the worst draft mistakes in NBA history, as the Memphis Grizzlies trusted Hasheem Thabeet with the 2nd overall pick, trusting him to become a dominant center due to how incredibly tall and long he was, but he wasn’t even able to stay on any team’s rotation and has been in the D-League for years now.
But what could make any single fan simply lose their mind about this absurdly horrid pick, is the fact that they actually passed on guys like Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan, Jeff Teague, and James "Fear The Beard" Harden. Ouch.