Ranking the 30 Worst No. 1 Draft Picks of All Time

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Anthony Bennett and Other Draft Busts

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Throughout the early stages of the 2013-14 season, there have been a number of interesting and profound storylines, and one that is actually quite sad revolves around the play of Anthony Bennett.

It was less than a year ago that the Cleveland Cavaliers made Bennett the first pick in the NBA Draft, and while there were few who reasonably expected him to become a superstar immediately, few could have seen him being this bad. The forward has played in 29 games, averaging only 10.7 minutes per game, 2.5 points per game, 2.3 rebounds per game and has a dreadful 27.2 shooting percentage.

Not only does he have bad numbers though, but the tale of the tape is absolutely dreadful, as Bennett has not shown the athleticism, attitude or smarts that come with playing at the NBA level. In fact, he has been so bad that some people are calling for a stint in the NBA Development League, which would be an embarrassment to say the least. And while it may seem difficult to call Bennett a bust after less than one season, it seems easy to say he is only a year or two away from having that label when looking at just how bad he has been in year one.

But, of course, Bennett is not the first No. 1 pick to be a disappointment at the top level, and he is certainly not the last. Taking this into account, I have formulated a list of the 30 worst No. 1 draft picks of all time, regardless of the sport.

When formulating this list, I have taken into account a multitude of factors, including expectations going into each athlete's respective league, the level of talent around them and most importantly, their actual on-field performance. Enjoy!

Tyler Leli is a Washington Capitals writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter, "Like" him on Facebook or join his network on Google.

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30. Shawn Abner

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When the New York Mets drafted Shawn Abner with the number one pick in the 1984 MLB Draft they expected him to join their outfield in quick succesion. Unfortunately this did not happen, as Abner's skill set did not translate very well to pro baseball, and he did not make it to the majors until September of 1987, as a member of the San Diego Padres. Abner would only last parts of five more seasons, going down as a huge bust.

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29. Greg Joly

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Greg Joly was the first pick in the history of the Washington Capitals franchise when he was selected number one overall in the 1974 NHL Draft, and he likely regrets this fact every day. In his rookie season Joly compiled a horrendous -68 plus/minus in only 44 games played, and never really lived up to his potential after that.

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28. Kent Benson

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Kent Benson was the number one pick in the 1977 NBA Draft, going to the Milwaukee Bucks. Shortly into his first pro game Benson received a broken jaw via a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar punch to the face, and apparently never recovered. Benson averaged 9.1 points per game, but never made an All-Star game, and left Milwaukee wishing they picked someone else.

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27. Walt Patulski

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Walt Patulski was drafted by the Buffalo Bills number one in the 1972 NFL Draft with the label of a physical behemoth that would be terrorizing quarterbacks for years. Unfortunately the defensive end's 6'6", 250 lbs. frame did not turn into dominance, as he suffered from injuries and was out of the NFL by 1977.

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26. Al Chambers

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Al Chambers was selected number one overall in the 1979 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners, but never lived up to the hype that came with the pick. After making it to the majors in 1983 he only appeared in 57 career games, and found a label as a huge bust.

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25. Bryan Bullington

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In 2002, the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted pitcher Bryan Bullington out of Ball State University with the expectation that he would work through the minors quickly and become a major league star. Unfortunately, it took Bullington three years to get to Pittsburgh, and after recording a 1-9 record with a 5.62 ERA over parts of five seasons, it is reasonable to wonder if he ever deserved to get to the majors.

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24. Ricky Bell

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When Ricky Bell came out of college in 1977, there were many people who felt that he would automatically become a star running back, but this simply did not happen. Over a six-year career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Diego Chargers, the running back only averaged more than four yards per rush once, and failed to live up to the expectations of the record rookie contract he signed in 1977.

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23. Steve Shak

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Steve Shak was drafted by the New York MetroStars in the 2000 MLS SuperDraft, and was expected to become a stalwart in the heart of midfield for the club. Unfortunately, Shak was simply not talented enough to garner a starting spot even for the lowly MetroStars, and in 2001 was sent to the Colorado Rapids, and was out of MLS by 2003.

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22. David Carr

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David Carr was the first overall pick of the expansion Houston Texans during the 2002 NFL Draft, but probably wishes he wouldn't have been. In five seasons with Houston, Carr never threw more than 16 touchdowns, and generally looked lost on the football field. After 2007 the quarterback left the Texans, but never again became a consistent starter and goes down as a major disappointment.

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21. Nikolas Besagno

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Nikolas Besagno was the first overall pick in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft, but was anything but super during his time in MLS. After being drafted it was clear that Besagno was not ready to man the midfield in the top American league, and Real Salt Lake confirmed this by only playing him eight times from 2005-08. When the 2008 MLS season ended Besagno was shown the door, leaving behind a rather forgetful legacy.

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20. Gord Kluzak

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Gord Kluzak was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1982 NHL Draft, and was expected to lead the Boston Bruins into a new age of success. Unfortunately for Kluzak, injuries ravaged his career and he only ended up playing a majority of the Bruins' games three different times. By the end of the 1990-91 NHL season, he was out of hockey, having only played 13 games the previous three years.

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19. Steve Chilcott

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Steve Chilcott was drafted first overall by the New York Mets during the 1966 MLB Draft, but never even came up for a single at bat at the MLB level. Suffice to say, that makes him a bust, especially when Reggie Jackson went second overall.

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18. Bill McGill

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Bill McGill was drafted by the Chicago Zephyrs (now the Washington Wizards) at no. 1 overall in the 1962 NBA Draft as a physical specimen of his time, and was expected to dominate his peers. Unfortunately, McGill simply could not get the job done at even an adequate level in the NBA, and he was out of the league after only three seasons.

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17. Danny Goodwin

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Danny Goodwin was such a great baseball prospect that he was the no. 1 overall pick in the MLB Draft not once, but twice. Goodwin did not enter professional baseball until after the 1975 MLB Draft when the California Angels took him first overall and realized that potential is not everything. In parts of seven seasons in MLB, he compiled a statistical line of .236/.301/.373 with 13 home runs and 81 RBIs, which was disappointing to say the least.

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16. Courtney Brown

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Courtney Brown was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 2000 NFL Draft, and was expected to tear apart opposing quarterbacks from the defensive end for years to come. Unfortunately, this simply did not happen as Brown struggled through injuries and was simply not good enough to compete at the NFL level for parts of seven seasons with the Browns and Denver Broncos.

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15. David Clyde

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After being drafted first overall in the 1973 MLB Draft, David Clyde was sent directly to the majors by the Texas Rangers. A 5.01 ERA in 1973 showed that he was not ready for the big time, but it also proved to doom the rest of his career. Clyde would go on to be the victim of arm injuries, and left MLB in 1979 with a career 18-33 record and 4.63 ERA.

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14. Brian Lawton

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In 1983, the Minnesota North Stars made Brian Lawton the first American to ever be drafted first overall out of high school, and one could easily guess they would regret the decision. While talented, Lawton simply could not get the puck into the back of the net with consistency, and his career high of 44 points in 1986-87 displayed the fact the left winger was not deserving of a no. 1 overall pick, especially when Pat LaFontaine and Steve Yzerman went third and fourth overall.

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13. Michel Olowokandi

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After dominating in college with Pacific University, Michael Olowokandi was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in 1998. The center was simply not skilled enough around the basket to become a consistent player at the NBA level, and a number of injuries turned him from a promising prospect to a washed-up draft bust rather quickly.

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12. Matt Anderson

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Matt Anderson was a questionable no. 1 pick from the start as he was the only relief pitcher to be the top pick in MLB Draft history. Clearly, the Detroit Tigers were not thinking rationally back in 1997, and after seven lackluster seasons in MLB, it became clear that Anderson was an awful pick.

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11. Tim Couch

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After being drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 1999 NFL Draft, there is no doubting that some people say Tim Couch was destined to be a bust. In five seasons with the Browns, the quarterback threw 64 touchdowns and 67 interceptions, proving that efficiency throwing the ball in college does not always translate to the pros.

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10. Patrik Stefan

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The Atlanta Thrashers drafted Patrik Stefan as the no. 1 pick in the 1999 NHL Draft with the franchise's first-ever draft pick, and he subsequently became the face of the franchise. Clearly, Stefan was not ready for this role, as he ultimately only recorded 188 points in 455 games. He did not progress as expected, or really at all. By the age of 26, Stefan was out of professional hockey and onto the list of huge draft busts.

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9. Steve Emtman

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Steve Emtman was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1992 NFL Draft as a defensive end who would light up quarterbacks for years to come. Unfortunately, Emtman seemingly injured every part of his body over a six-year career. By 1997, Emtman was retired from football with only eight career sacks and was labelled as a huge bust.

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8. Matt Bush

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When the San Diego Padres drafted Matt Bush no. 1 in the 2004 MLB Draft the main question was whether he would become a star pitcher or shortstop. The Padres made Bush a shortstop, but he simply could not hit the ball even against Single-A pitchers. After the 2007 season, he became a pitcher, but again struggled. By 2012, he was in prison for a drinking driving incident in which the former star prospect ran over a 72-year-old man.

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7. Ki-Jana Carter

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Ki-Jana Carter was a star running back for the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1992-1994, and was so talented that he became the first player Joe Paterno encouraged to leave college early. Carter did just that, and became the first pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 1995. Once Carter reached the NFL, his physical tools did not translate to success as a string of injuries took him out of the league by 2004 with only 1,144 career rushing yards.

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6. Greg Oden

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Greg Oden is not a huge bust because of a lack of physical tools, but because his actual body can not withstand playing basketball. Since being drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2007, Oden has played in a total of 82 games, or the equivalent of one full season. While Oden is attempting to comeback in 2013-14 with the Miami Heat, he will need to actually get on the court before dropping the bust label.

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5. JaMarcus Russell

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It seems like every draft pick the Oakland Raiders make nowadays is a bust, but none has been quite as bad as JaMarcus Russell. Throughout a three-year stay in the NFL, the no. 1 pick in 2007 went from a physical specimen to an overweight and clumsy quarterback who threw 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions in 31 games. After his third season, Russell was released, and has not touched an NFL roster since.

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4. LaRue Martin

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After an outstanding college basketball career, LaRue Martin joined the Portland Trail Blazers as the no. 1 pick in the 1972 NBA Draft, a decision they would regret strongly. Martin never showed the ability to start at the NBA level, and retired from basketball altogether after four years. It can easily be said that Portland would have rather drafted Bob McAdoo and Julius Erving with that no. 1 pick.

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3. Brien Taylor

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In 1991, Brien Taylor was drafted by the New York Yankees as the franchise's savior and future no. 1 starter. After two impressive minor league seasons, Taylor was the no. 1 prospect in baseball until a bar fight in December of 1993 that resulted in a torn labrum and dislocated left shoulder. Taylor was never the same after the injury and retired from baseball two years later, having never making it past double-A.

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2. Alexandre Daigle

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Originally drafted as the savior of the Ottawa Senators in 1993, Alexandre Daigle was anything but that. From day one, Daigle was more interested in off-ice issues than actually playing hockey, and even took two years off from hockey at the age of 25, by which time he was actually three years removed from playing in Ottawa. Suffice to say, the Senators would rather have drafted Chris Pronger, Paul Kariya or Saku Koivu with the no. 1 pick.

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1. Kwame Brown

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Kwame Brown takes the cake as the worst no. 1 draft pick of all time, taken first in the 2001 NBA Draft, he has been dreadful on the court. Originally drafted by the Washington Wizards, it quickly became clear that Brown lacked maturity and willingness to work. After three lackluster years in Washington, Brown was shown the door and has bounced around the NBA ever since. It is hard to justify the pick of the big man when Tyson Chandler and Pau Gasol went no. 2 and 3 in 2001.


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  • Deno Lorenzo

    As for Tim Couch, no one knows for sure how good or bad he actually was! The 1999 expansion Browns were thrown together so fast they were doomed to fail. Fifteen years later, they’re still a joke! Their new stadium, still in it’s infancy stages, is probably one of the worst in the NFL!

    I am over 60 and NEVER saw any player take the constant beating Tim Couch did for as long as he did. The fact he made it 5 years was a monumental achievement!

    • Tyler Leli

      That is very true that the circumstances that Couch was faced with were absolutely horrific, but he was ultimately not successful. Simply put he did not get the job done on the field, and it is nearly impossible to be a number one pick who lasts five years in the NFL and not ultimately be viewed as a bust.

      • GeorgiaRed

        Actually Couch DID get the job done on the field. The only QB that actually lead the Browns to the playoffs WAS Couch(got hurt next to last game of the season and didn’t play in them, but regardless). To many of these Bloggers are to lazy to actually do any research. Couch was progressing very nicely, 2-12 first year, 2-5(started 2-1 until backup player hit Tim in the throwing hand during practice causing him to miss 9 games) his second, 7-9 his third, & 8-6 with playoffs his 4th. The genius Butch Davis sat Couch on the bench, so he could play his QB(Kelly Holcomb) and the Browns have been looking for a QB ever since.

        • SgtMac

          GeorgiaRed for the win!

          • http://www.urbanhiphopworld.com/ DJ CEO

            I agree

        • iceman4

          tim couch was not a good qb. come one. Would a should a could as. Deal with facts not with what might have been.

    • Whitey_Bulging

      Carr was the other player…

      • mary

        If David had been on a decent team with a decent coach and a decent lineto protect him, the story would have been different. Hope his brother Derek has better luck!

  • Michael Johnson

    How is Ryan Leaf NOT on this list?!?!?!?!?

    • Mike

      Leaf was a #2 pick.

      • Nick in PB

        Good point Mike… I was thinking the same thing but Leaf was a #2 guy.

        • Mike

          I was thinking the same thing about Sam Bowie who was 1 pick ahead of Michael Jordan in the 1984 NBA draft. I checked it out and Hakeem Olajuwon was picked #1 that year. Bowie was #2 and MJ was #3. I think that Bowie could definitely be considered a bust especially since he was taken in front of MJ. Nobody could claim Olajuwon was a bust though.

      • mary

        He was the first person I thought of when I saw the headline.

  • disqus_59KZkHgegx

    I will never forget Tim Couch, while leaving the field for the locker room in Baltimore, giving Ravens fans the “one finger salute.” No talent, no class.

    • GeorgiaRed

      Well that “no talent” beat the Ravens so apparently he had some.

  • Noah Ark

    How is Akili Smith not on this list???

    • Mike

      Smith was a #3 pick.

  • Douglas Flummer

    You’re a bit off on Ricky Bell. 1. One person can’t carry a football team by himself, and that ’77 Bucs team was one of the worst teams in NFL history. Hard to run effectively without a QB or an OL. 2. In ’79, Bell rushed for 1,263 yards and helped carry the Bucs to the NFC Championship game, after beating the Eagles in the first round, ranking 6th in the NFL in rushing that year. 3. By ’82, his partial season with the Chargers, he was already sick with the disease that eventually killed him (in ’84). Surely his ’79 season removes him from the bust list, as anyone who remembers it would tell you. He probably could have done more had the Bucs built an actual football team.

    • Jerrell Skinner

      Who wrote this garbage story? Goodness, Ricky Bell had contracted Dermatomyositis! He would be dead by 1984 as Douglas Flummer pointed out! Wow, just wow!

    • Adam L.

      List lost all credibility w/ Bell’s inclusion

  • Anthony Prano

    Um I can name 2 that SERIOUSLY need to be on here…Todd Marinovich and Tony Mandarich…You CANT get worse then those 2!

    • Steve

      They weren’t #1 picks.

      • Eric Fox

        Tony Mandarich was and he should definitely be in the top five

        • Hugo Gonz

          Tony Mandarich was a #2 pick, Troy Aikman was drafted #1 overall in the draft that Mandarich was in.

  • Tony Superior

    Why was Steve Emtman wearing a Andrew Luck jersey?

  • George Orwell

    Can’t you even give us pictures of the players?

    • disqus_Xe99DQKPM9

      Do you know how much money it costs to license photos? And how much money did you pay to read this article? There, you have your answer.

  • Whitey_Bulging

    Carr never had a chance. Look at the lack of talent around him back then…

    • iceman4

      Carr stunk everywhere he went. He could not handle a rush of any kind and his accuracy stunk. He was a small school spread qb that wasn’t a good nfl qb. Steve Young and especially Jim Plunkett were destroyed for years but they went to teams and eventually succeeded.

  • Gregg Brennan

    Who compiled this list? They obviously don’t know what they’re talking about. Steve Chilcott never threw a pitch in the majors because he was a CATCHER.

  • ben

    I like how you included all kinds of different sports and didn’t just stick to basketball and football like most lists would. well done.

  • Rick Sterman

    You knocked Ricky Bell, who was only not as good because he got MS and died?

    Bye to this website.

  • Mikey McBegglesworth

    Bennett may have been a mistake but calling someone a bust after a year is insane.

  • Corey

    I concede that it’s incredibly difficult to compile a list like this without leaving off at least one or two people that deserve to be included. But you can at least not write the article like a five year old. If this guy uses the word “simply” one more time I might give up on the human race.

  • vinceNYC

    steve chilcott never threw a pitch because he was a CATCHER

  • jomama

    Notice, TWO Browns on the list. Sad.

  • david foster

    Bo Jackson is the worst #1 overall pick of all time. I have always hated him and always will for the “stunt” he pulled. Can you guess what team I’m a fan of?!

    • disqus_Xe99DQKPM9

      Um…you’re a big Brian Bosworth fan?

  • MDonaldWilpon

    Steve Chilcott wouldn’t have thrown a pitch anyhow… he was a catcher.

  • Charles Bennett

    Dude, Greg Oden should be #1. At least Kwame Brown played in a few games.

  • canadamike

    Tony Mandarich?

    • disqus_Xe99DQKPM9

      You mean NUMBER TWO pick Tony Mandarich? Reading comprehension time sparky. The article is about #1 picks ONLY.

  • pugz

    What happened to Charles Rodgers, drafted by the Lions in ’03? He ABSOLUTELY belongs on this list!

    • disqus_Xe99DQKPM9

      Charles Rodgers was not a #1 pick. The entire story is about #1 picks. Not #2 or #4 or #10 picks. Try to keep up with the rest of the class Pugz.

  • Kevin Sherman

    Remind me why I read anything on this site again?

    Having any hockey player higher on this list than Brian Lawton proves that the author has no clue at all what they are talking about. Both Stefan and Daigle had much better careers than Lawton did. Throw in who was taken after Lawton and there you have every reason he is the biggest #1 bust in the NHL.

  • Potent Dank

    BENNETT IS COMING OFF AN INJURY AND WASN’T EXPECTED TO BE A STARTER ANYWAY. HE GETS LITTLE IF NO PLAYING TIME AND EVEN LESS NOW THAT THE CAVS HAVE DENG. MIKE BROWN DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO USE HIM EITHER. THE CAVS SHOULD HAVE NEVER DRAFTED HIM WHEN THE HAD ENOUGH POWER FORWARDS ANYWAY. THEY SAY HE A TWEENER BUT HE PLAYED ONE YEAR OF COLLEGE AND MOST AT PF BEFORE HE GOT INJURED. WHAT DO THEY EXPECT HIM TO LOOK LIKE? I WOULD BE LOST TOO IF I DIDN’T GET TO PRACTICE WITH MY TEAM AT ALL DURING THE SUMMER AND THE FIRST TIME I GET PUT IN A GAME IT’S REAL LIVE NBA ACTION PLUS I’M STILL RECOVERING FROM AN SHOULDER INJURY AND I WASN’T IN NBA SHAPE SMH. SO REPORTING THIS IS LIKE HE A BUST ALREADY WHEN IT’S WAY TOO EARLY TO TELL IS TERRIBLE BUT I GUESS YOU GOT TO WRITE SOMETHING EVEN IF YOU KNOW THE SITUATION. I WOULDN’T EVEN COUNT THIS AS HIS ROOKIE SEASON AS LITTLE AS HE PLAYED. THEY GOT HIM AVG 10.4 MINUTES A GAME AND THAT’S HARD TO BELIEVE WHEN HE HARDLY PLAYS. NOW SAYING HE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE A BIG BUST I CAN AGREE BUT SAYING HE IS NOW ESPECIALLY AFTER ALL HE HAS BEEN THROUGH, NO NOT AT ALL. (P.S. I’M NOT YELLING I JUST ALWAYS TEXT IN CAPS IT’S JUST ME AND I KNOW COMPUTER ETIQUETTE BUT I AM NOT IN SCHOOL OR DOING SOMETHING FOR BUSINESS PURPOSES)

    • Tyler Leli

      I didn’t explicitly call him a bust for all time, but at the moment you would have to say that Bennett hasn’t lived up to expectations of a number one overall pick in the NBA Draft.
      Thank you for reading!

    • http://officialbuziness.com/ Nick Sparagis

      Bust.

  • Michael Kiely

    Tom Cousineau

  • Pierre NyGaard

    Tim Couch and David Carr don’t belong on this list. Playing behind patchwork offensive lines on expansion teams, they faced nearly impossible odds.

    Despite being sacked into oblivion, Carr still put together a fairly productive third season in the NFL (and wasn’t terrible in his fourth and fifth seasons, for that matter). And Tim Couch remains the (new) Cleveland Browns all-time leading passer, as well as the only QB to have led the new iteration of the franchise to the playoffs.

  • Pierre NyGaard

    Also, I believe the word you’re looking for re: Nikolas Besagno’s legacy is “forgettable,” not “forgetful.”

  • Pierre NyGaard

    Forget it. Half this list is a joke.

  • Fit_to_be_tied

    This writer surely never accomplished anything athletic in his life, yet he feels it appropriate to muck the reputations of all these people who rose to the best levels in their games. They didn’t pan out. So what. 99.9% of the rest of the people who play their sport and didn’t make the pros would kill to have had a cup of coffee at this level.

    • Tyler Leli

      I understand perfectly well that everyone who has played sports will not go pro, I formerly played ACHA hockey. This list is simply to point out those who were expected to be great, but were busts after being drafted number one overall. That does not mean they are not good individuals, but you can’t always be rosy about professional athletes performance on the field.
      Thank you for reading!

  • BobCal84

    I agree with other comments on this page, some very poor writing and photos etc. “Greg Oden’s…actual body cannot handle” playing basketball. His actual body? As opposed to what?

  • Mark Renfro

    I was expecting to see Kenneth Sims on the list. Sims was the overall number one pick of the New England Patriots in 1982 after finishing his college career at the University of Texas with back to back All American honors. Although he did play in the Super Bowl following the 1985 season he never lived up to expectations. I believe he was arrested for drug possession at the end of his career. Certainly a “bust” move.

  • Gurdy

    Where’s Ryan Leaf at? Peyton Manning probably would have been a better choice that year.

    • Tyler Leli

      The list is specifically for number one overall picks, Leaf was selected number two overall behind Peyton Manning. Other wise he very well could have topped this list, and definitely been a top five selection. Thank you for reading!

  • Adam L.

    How dare you put Ricky Bell on the list! The guy had a disease that killed him!

  • SlammoFandango

    Perhaps an honorable mention should go out to the number 2 overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft, Len Bias…

  • Raja Datta

    Why isn’t the Habs Doug Wickenheiser not on this list?

  • Greg

    We forgot Jeff George. He was the #1 draft pick to the Indianapolis Colts in 1990. Almost a total bust. Had a couple of decent seasons. But for a #1 draft pick… not impressive.

  • iceman4

    your list tanks with your terrible knowledge of Ricky Bell. After he died they realized he had shown signs of health problems years earlier.

    He carried the Bucs who literally had little to no offensive help. Ridiculous. Do some research!!

  • iceman4

    Tim couch and David Carr apologists. Now I’ve heard everything.