SportsPulse: This is the trade we've all waited for and the one that will shape this extraordinary season and the NBA landscape for years to come. This makes Lakers an immediate contender in the West.
This year, consensus No. 1 in the NBA project is pointless: Zion Williamson.
Several years, the top is not that simple
While there have been over the years several amazing lottery photos (Sam, Michael Bowie over Michael Jordan in 1984, or Darko Milicic over Carmelo Anthony in 2003).
Here's a look at the top five busts of number one in the history of the NBA. And do not miss our mock up before the Thursday (19:00 ET, ESPN).
Anthony Bennett, Cleveland Cavaliers (2013)
Nerlens Noel's knee-high selection made 2013 one of the most unpredictable projects in history. And the boy made the cavalry swell. Canadian prospect Bennett was honored in UNLV, but it was hardly the best option over No. 2 and No 3 Victor Olaido and Otto Porter. (Milwaukee Bucks won this project by taking Yanis Anetokunpo to number 15). Noel fell to sixth. The hope was that Bennett's ceiling was high. Was not. His career was 4.4pp on average and 3.1 in 151 games in four seasons
Kham Brown, Washington Wizards (2001)
We know Michael Jordan loves to play, and this choice as the general manager of Wizards is his biggest player. a public reading (even worse than when playing for the Chicago White Sox). Brown, the 7-foot with raw athlete, was a high school talent who is expected to thrive in a superstar. It was a wreck on the train, and although Brown continued 12 years in the league, his average career of 6.6 points reflected the mediocrity and failure that defined his career. His rejection of a $ 30 million grant after three unsatisfying seasons still laughs.
Before the blazers picked Greg Oden over Kevin Durant or Bowie through the Jordan, there was Martin, who had one of the least productive careers of any number 1. The 7-foot Man of Loyola-Chicago has managed to earn an average of 5.3 points over a four-year career. Julius Dr Erwin is the best player in this project.
Michael Olovokandi, Los Angeles Clippers (1998)
Another seven-foot project went wrong, the big man at the University of the Pacific did not play organized basketball until 18 years of age. and potential in this project, transferring like Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce and Vince Carter. "Kandi Man", as they called it, was a decent blocker at a later stage of his career, but never came offended.
Greg Oden, Portland Trail Blazers (2007)
if it was not because of debilitating knee injuries, which limited him to 105 games for six years, three of which he did not play at all. But the key was not that Portland knew that Oden's knees were worrying about the project, as there was a national player of the year called Duran as a viable option to go to anyone. (it was hardly a bad step at the time), but looking back, they betrayed one of the biggest players.
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