When people think of the Charlotte Bobcats‘ bad decisions in the franchise’s existence, one of the first things that comes to mind is drafting former Gonzaga Bulldog, Adam Morrison. The Bobcats selected Morrison with the third pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, passing on future stars including Rudy Gay, Rajon Rondo (they didn’t really have a need for him at that time, but he was still the arguably the best player from that draft class), J.J. Redick and former all-star Brandon Roy.
Even though the 2006 draft didn’t have the greatest talent, the Bobcats really bombed this pick. Don’t let Morrison’s two championship rings with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010 fool you, this guy was the definition of a bust.
Much question was in the air after the Bobcats questionably took this guy with a top 3 pick in the draft. People in Charlotte were worried about the Cats after this bonehead pick, and boy, let me tell you, they definitely should have been worried! This guy was absolutely terrible for this team!
A lot is expected from a top three pick, and one thing everyone can quickly conclude about Morrison is that he clearly did not live up to expectations in Charlotte. He was on the Bobcats’ roster from 2006-09, a total of three bad seasons that did not look like the play from a top three pick. The small forward actually had a solid scoring total in his first season with Charlotte, with an average of 11.8 per game; his field goal percentage was absolutely atrocious for those numbers with a .376 % average. He barely contributed in any other way, adding under three rebounds and assists per game.
Next season was the turning point of his bust image in the NBA. In a preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Morrison tore his ACL after falling laterally on his knee while guarding another highly regarded “bad player” of the NBA in Luke Walton. Morrison missed the entire 2007-08 NBA season because of this injury. He returned the next season, only to score 4.5 a game and gather 1.6 rebounds in a 15 minute role where he saw another atrocious shooting percentage of .360 percent. Then, after another bad showing of promise, the Bobcats traded Morrison and Shannon Brown on the trade deadline to the Lakers in exchange for Vladamir Radmonovic.
Morrison went on to play only a total of 39 more games in his career with the Lakers after his departure from Charlotte in 2009, and went on to be a two-time NBA champion as the 12th man. Morrison attempted a comeback several times after the 2010 season, but failed in attempts to make the Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards and Portland Tail Blazers roster in 2012. He is now 29 and without a job, 161 total games in the NBA. A career well spent! Michael Jordan will forever regret making Morrison his first acquisition as a member of the Bobcats’ front office. The thoughts of Morrison being drafted with the third pick still haunts many Charlotte fans till this day