Michael Jordan was without any kind of question, doubt or hesitation, the most incredible, talented, dominant and influential basketball player of all times, taking the NBA to a whole new dimension and stopping the best players in history from becoming NBA champions.
Nonetheless, his royal airness hasn’t been as smart and unbeatable off the court as he was when he was dressed in shorts, making very questionable decisions both as a person and in business, and even though he’s earned over a billion dollars through his entire career, it doesn’t get him on the clear after all the things he’s done.
See, Jordan was an amazing player, but apparently his management hasn’t been nearly as good as expected, as he was even let go by the Wizards’ front office back in the day and hasn’t been able to take the Hornets to contention after more than 7 years in charge.
We love you, Mike, but we just can’t let this pass, so today, we’re going to talk to you about Jordan’s 6 worst mistakes in the management world.
6. Kwame Brown (2001 NBA Draft)
Back then when he was running the Washington Wizards, Michael Jordan trusted Kwame Brown with the 1st overall pick of the 2001 NBA Draft, but the Glynn Academy product was never able to actually contribute to Jordan’s team in neither of the 4 seasons that he was in the nation’s capital.
Averaging 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, Brown is one of the biggest flops in NBA Draft history, and Michael Jordan actually passed on other centers like Tyson Chandler and Pau Gasol to land him, as well as giving up on Shane Battier, Joe Johnson, Zach Randolph, Tony Parker, Gerald Wallace and Gilbert Arenas.
5. Adam Morrison (2006 NBA Draft)
Now, as the main guy in charge of the Charlotte Bobcats, things didn’t fare quite good for Michael Jordan either, drafting Adam Morrison with the 3rd overall pick back then in the 2006 NBA draft, just to stay in the team with no success for 1 and a half seasons and only being able to play in the Association for 3.
So, the diabetic Center averaged roughly 11 points and under 3 boards per game, while he could’ve gotten other players like Brandon Roy, Rudy Gay, Rajon Rondo, Kyle Lowry or Paul Millsap instead.
4. Frank Kaminsky (2015 NBA Draft)
Not so long ago, in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Charlotte Hornets got along with the hype surrounding Frank Kaminsky after the forward was extremely dominant in the final four of the NCAA, and even though he’s been productive so far, the Hornets could’ve done a lot better.
Kaminsky doesn’t seem like he’s going to get much better, and those comparing him with Dirk Nowitzki are just nuts. See, if they wanted a dominant big guy, they could’ve just gone with two-way center Myles Turner, or just go with the most talented scorer in the class on Devin Booker.
3. Cody Zeller (2013 NBA Draft)
Just like Frank Kaminsky, Cody Zeller has actually been quite good for the Hornets franchise, even being one of the few guys with a positive +/- in one of the most lousy teams in the Association.
Nonetheless, he’s just not pretty good at anything and even though he’s a very sacrificed player and a team first kind of a guy, it’s pretty hard to ignore the fact that they passed on Nerlens Noel, CJ McCollum, Dennis Schroder, Rudy Gobert and Giannis Antetokounmpo to get Zeller with the 4th overall pick in 2013.
2. Noah Vonleh (2012 NBA Draft)
Noah Vonleh looked like a pretty solid prospect overall, so we could give them a pass here. Still, just giving up on a young big guy that seems lost on the court and that hasn’t improved a single bit in any aspect of his game is pretty much admitting that they screwed up back then in 2012 when they got him with the 9th overall pick.
But, what really has to be eating them inside every time they remember that they actually trusted the Indiana product, is the fact that they could’ve gone with solid prospects like Jordan Clarkson, Clint Capela, Gary Harris, Nikola Jokic or Dario Saric instead.
1. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2012 NBA Draft)
And last but not least, the worst mistake in this list definitely has to be Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, a tweener forward that isn’t big enough to play the four neither fast or much of a shooter to be good at the three, while not being so good on the defensive end of the court either.
So, after 4 full seasons it’s pretty safe to assume that this injury prone forward is one of the major flops in NBA Draft history, going as high as 2 in the 2012 NBA Draft, and making the team pass on Dion Waiters, Andre Drummond, Jae Crowder, Khris Middleton, Damian Lillard and Draymond Green to get a guy that shouldn’t even be in the league anymore.