However many wonder whether or not Kyrie Irving can lived up to expecatations as the number one draft pick. Although he averaged 26.5 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 3.6 steals in High School, he played only 11 games with Duke during college as he was hounded by a foot injury that kept him sideline for most of the season. With his health(injury wise) questionable, and his talent still "raw", will Kyrie Irving be a Boom or a Bust?
Right now lets try to look back and see who are the NBA's biggest draft busts.
Here are Your Top 10 NBA Draft Busts of All Time
1. LaRue Martin - No. 1, Portland Trail Blazers, 1972
A 6-foot-11 center out of Loyola University Chicago, LaRue Martin entered the NBA with much fanfare in 1972. Martin set the basketball world abuzz when he outplayed Bill Walton in a game between Loyola and UCLA, in the midst of their storied title runs, in 1971–72. The Portland Trail Blazers were so impressed with Martin that they made him the first overall pick in the 1972 NBA Draft.
However, Martin never caught on in the NBA, and after the Blazers drafted Walton in 1974, he never had the chance. In four seasons Martin averaged 7.0 points per game and shot .452 from the field. He notched both of those numbers during the 1974–75 season, when Walton missed most of the year with injuries.
Martin prematurely retired at the end of the 1975-76 season, one year before the Blazers won their first NBA championship (1977). In four seasons he averaged 5.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
Could've had: Bob McAdoo (No. 2, Buffalo), Paul Westphal (No. 10, Boston), Julius Erving (No. 12, Milwaukee)
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2. Kent Benson - No. 1, Milwaukee Bucks, 1977
After graduating from Indiana University in 1977, he was the number one draft pick of the 1977 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. Two minutes into his very first game as a professional, however,Los Angeles Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar punched Benson in retaliation for an overly aggressive elbow, causing his jaw to be broken. Abdul-Jabbar broke his hand in the incident and was out for two months; otherwise, he could have potentially been suspended by the NBA.
Benson spent 11 seasons in the NBA with Milwaukee, Detroit, Utah and Cleveland. He averaged 9.1 points per game in 680 regular season games. He wore jersey #54 for his entire career
Could've had: Bernard King (No. 7, New York), Jack Sikma (No. 8, Seattle)
3. Sam Bowie - No. 2, Portland Trail Blazers, 1984
Kentucky's Bowie is a serviceable NBA player during his 10-year career. Over his career, Bowie averaged 10.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.78 blocks per game. He hit 45.2% of his attempted field goals (2,127 made of 4,702 attempted), and 30.2% of his three-point shots(32 made of 106 attempted). Although this may sound not a bust to some, but the thing is, is that Bowie was pick ahead by the Portland Trail Blazers ahead of arguably the best player that would have played the NBA. Who? Michael Jordan.
Could've had: Michael Jordan (No. 3, Chicago), Sam Perkins (No. 4, Dallas), Charles Barkley (No. 5, Philadelphia), Alvin Robertson (No. 7, San Antonio), Otis Thorpe (No. 9, Kansas City), John Stockton (No. 16, Jazz)
4. Pervis Ellison - No. 1, Sacramento Kings, 1989
Ellison was nicknamed "Never Nervous Pervis" for his play with the University of Louisville. At 6 ft 9 in and 242 lb, he started all four years as thecenter under coach Denny Crum. In his freshman year he led Louisville to its second national championship and was named the Most Outstanding Player—the second time a freshman had ever been awarded that honor, after Arnie Ferrin in 1944 for Utah. Since then, Carmelo Anthony has also achieved the honor, winning it as a forward with the Syracuse Orangemen in 2003.
Ellison was made the first overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. An injury kept him on the sidelines for 48 of 82 games of his rookie year, after which he was traded to the Washington Bullets. (A Sacramento teammate, Danny Ainge, had nicknamed him "Out of Service Pervis.")
Could've had: Glen Rice (No. 4, Miami), Tim Hardaway (No. 14, Golden State), Shawn Kemp (No. 17, Seattle), Vlade Divac (No. 26, Los Angeles)
5. Michael Olowokandi - No. 1, L.A. Clippers, 1998
In the 1998 NBA Draft that features future All-Stars Mike Bibby, Vince Carter and Dirk Nowitzki (among others), the Los Angeles Clippers live up to their billing as the most inept of sports franchises by selecting Pacific's Olowokandi with the first overall pick. The 7-foot Olowokandi manages to hang around until 2007 despite averages just 8.3 ppg and 6.8 rebounds.
Could've had: Vince Carter (No. 5, Golden State - traded to Toronto), Dirk Nowitzki (No. 9, Milwaukee - traded to Dallas), Paul Pierce (No. 10, Boston), Rashard Lewis (No. 32, Seattle)
6. Greg Oden - No. 1, Portland Trailblazers, 2007
Although its still too early too tell...Ok Who am I kidding, after 4 years, Greg Oden has yet to live to his Hype of being a franchise savior of Portland. Looking more like a Sam Bowie everyday, Greg Oden's NBA Career is riddled with injuries and a lot of cases of bad luck. I guess its safe to say that Durant would have been a better choice for Portland. Oden's short, injury-riddled career has allowed him to play in just 82 games since entering the league. He's averaged 9.4 points per game in that time.
Could've had: Kevin Durant (2)
7. Darko Milicic - No. 2, Detroit Pistons, 2003
Who can forget Darko ? Not the movie people, but the basketball player.Darko Milicic is a forgetable player, considering he's been buried on the bench since being selected No. 2 by the Pistons in 2003. After Coach Brown's departure from the Pistons, Flip Saunders was hired as head coach. It was expected that Miličić would see more playing time due to Saunders's track record of developing young players such as Kevin Garnett and Stephon Marbury. However, he still didn't flourish. He's bounced around, playing in Orlando, Memphis, Minnesota and New York, but he's out of the league now.
Could've had: Carmelo Anthony (No. 3, Denver), Dwayne Wade (No. 4, Miami) and Chris Bosh (No. 5, Toronto).
8. Adam Morrison – No. 3, Charlotte Bobcats, 2006
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As part-owner of the Bobcats, Jordan selects the sharp-shooting but athletically-challenged Morrison from Gonzaga. Although Morrisson was a finalist for the Naismith and the Wooden Award and was named Co-Player of the Year with Duke University's J. J. Redick by the United States Basketball Writers Association, he never really adapated to the more intense NBA game. He averages just 4.5 points in the 2008-09 season and was traded to the Lakers midway through the season. Currently, He's a free agent
Could've had: Brandon Roy (No. 6, Minnesota - traded to Portland), Randy Foye (No. 7, Portland - Traded to Minnesota), Rudy Gay (No. 8, Houston - traded to Memphis for Shane Battier) and Rajon Rondo (No. 21, Boston).
9. Kwame Brown – No.1, Washington Wizards, 2001
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Selected by Michael Jordan again, Kwame Brown was rated during that time as the best high school player in America. However, as a result of hype and high expectations, Brown's rookie season was marred by a lack of maturity and production on the court. In his rookie year, Brown averaged 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
Nevertheless, the Wizards believed in Brown's potential. In his second season as a professional, Brown saw more action in the league. He started 20 out of the 80 games he played and the total minutes he played doubled. Brown improved his numbers, posting averages of 7.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. In his third season, Brown continued to improve, posting career highs in both points (10.9) and rebounds (7.4). He also demonstrated his great potential during a game against theSacramento Kings, during which he registered 30 points and 19 rebounds.
After his first three years in Washington, Brown rejected a five-year, $30 million contract offer, electing instead to test the free-agent market when his contract expired after the season. In his fourth season, Brown took a noticeable step back in his development and was limited to 42 games due to injuries. His highest-scoring game of the season was only 19 points, compared to his season-high of 30 the year before, and he averaged just 7.0 points per game. Late in the season, criticism increased; he feuded with Gilbert Arenas, other teammates, and his coach Eddie Jordan. The local press did little to help the situation, and he became even less popular with fans.
After Washington, he was traded to the Lakers, then to Memphis, Detriot, and then to Charlotte. Kwame Brown is considered by many to be the Worst Draft pick of all time.
Could've had: Paul Gasol (No. 3, Vancouver), Joe Johnson (No. 10, Boston), Zach Randolph (No. 19, Portland), Gearald Walace (No. 25, Sacramento), Tony Parker (No. 28, San Antonio)
10. Joe Smith - No. 1 by Golden State Warriors, 1995
This Joe was -- and still is -- "average." Smith has been a journeyman throughout his career: in 1998, Smith was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, then played five seasons for the Minnesota Timberwolves until 2003, and has since then played for theMilwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, the 76ers again, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder, Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, New Jersey Nets, and now the Lakers. With Chucky Brown, Tony Massenburg and Jim Jackson, he shares the record for most teams in an NBA career.
Could've had: Rasheed Wallace (No. 4, Washington), Kevin Garnett (No. 5, Minnesota), Michael Finley (Phoenix, No. 21)