Greg Oden 2007 No. 1 Overall Pick, Portland Trailblazers
Could have he been a dominant player? We will never know. But I do know for sure that everyone knew Kevin Durant was going to be one of the best scorers in the league. Durant is the second best player in the league while Oden will go down as one of the biggest busts and “what ifs” in NBA history.
Yi Jianlian 2007 No. 6 Overall Pick, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks really stretched on this pick, like really, really stretched. Yi never amounted to anything in the NBA, which pretty much didn’t surprise anyone.
Passed up on: Joakim Noah
Michael Beasley 2008 No. 2 Overall Pick, Miami Heat
I vividly remember the argument for picking Beasley over Derrick Rose. Beasley was a great college scorer, but Rose had superstar written all over him. The Heat had the worst record the previous season but did not get the number one pick. Once again, if Rose went to the Heat, who knows how NBA history would be changed. Beasley’s game never translated and is now on his third team in five years. The thought of Russell Westbrook playing with Wade in Miami and not with Kevin Durant in Oklahoma City is also interesting.
Passed up on: Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook
Joe Alexander 2008 No. 8 Overall Pick, Milwaukee Bucks
Alexander lit up the Big East but I remember scratching my head when he was selected so high. Some players are great college players, and that’s it.
Passed up on: Brook Lopez, D.J. Augustin, Brandon Rush
Hasheem Thabeet, 2009 No. 2 Overall Pick, Memphis Grizzlies
It’s actually amazing how the Grizzlies made it to the Western Conference Finals this season even with this horrendous pick. Thabeet was all size at UCONN and bullied the inferior competition. He didn’t have any post moves and was pushed around by NBA bigs and is up there with worst picks ever. It’s scary to think what the Grizzlies could be once you see who they passed up on for Thabeet.
Passed up on: James Harden, Steph Curry, Ricky Rubio, Tyreke Evans
Johnny Flynn 2009 No. 6 Overall Pick, Minnesota Timberwolves
The ‘Wolves picked Flynn directly after Rubio. No one understood it back then, and everyone is laughing at it now. They passed up on Steph Curry and the Warriors are forever grateful. Rubio, Curry, and Kevin Love together would have been some exciting basketball to watch.
Jordan Hill 2009 8th pick, New York Knicks
I’m not too mad about this pick because I am very positive whoever the Knicks picked here would have been in the trade for Anthony. Hill never got off Mike D’Antoni’s bench and will go down as one of the most head scratching picks in Knicks history. They could have had Brandon Jennings and Brook Lopez, but ended up with Danillo Gallinari and Jordan Hill.
Passed up on: Brandon Jennings DeMar DeRozan
Jimmer Fredette 2011 No 10 Overall Pick, Sacramento Kings
The Kings need a point guard badly and Jimmer just isn’t a NBA player. His athleticism and defense will forever keep him as a bench player. The Kings really messed up this pick and are now paying for it.
Passed up on: Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, Iman Shumpert