- 01/27/2012, 04:46PM ET
J-Business said 01/27, 04:46 PM
Pick 3 current NBA players who have had disappointing careers
Rules, please pick 3 different players. There are more than enough out there.
I'm basing my picks off of where they were supposed to be:
# 3 - Joe Johnson
I'm making this pick because he's never proven himself in the playoffs
Has always been at the edge of being great but never got over
Atlanta was foolish to give him the money, he was smart to take it
Used to be a regular option for the all star game and now he's just an afterthought
# 2 - Rashard Lewis
On paper he has the skills
Can dribble good for a big man
Never had any serious injuries
Forget the big contract, he just hasn't performed
#1 - Vince Carter
Can you believe people actually thought he would one day be as good as Jordan?
He was once considered to be one of the top NBA players
Has largely been healthy for most of his NBA career
He's been on decent teams
Is just more man, than amazing
Gary The Sox Fan said 01/27, 04:57 PM
The worst bust of the last decade has to belong to the Trailblazers and...
Former #1 pick Greg Oden. He didn't play his rookie season with an injury to his knee, and in his softmore season he injured his foot in his first game. The guy is a mess.
He missed 2010 with another surgery, and has recently suffered a setback putting this season in jeopardy.
J-Business said 01/28, 03:34 AM
Greg Oden was injured, thus he never had the chance to really go out and prove himself
As noted in the comments, he's still young and potentially can put together a serviceable NBA career
With that being said, I should also say that you should try choosing someone who has had an actual NBA career and not just a handful of games.
How can a player be a bust when he never had the chance to play?
Gary The Sox Fan said 01/28, 09:20 PM
My second bust pick would have to be Darko Milicic. He was drafted #2 before Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and D-Wade. He has averaged 6.1 ppg, and 4.3 rpg.
My third bust pick would be Michael Olowokandi. He was a #1 pick that got picked before Dirk Nowitzki, and Paul Pierce. He career average of 8.3 ppg just doesn't cut it for a #1 pick.
Greg Oden might be injured, but he was supposed to bring the Trailblazers into relevance immediately. What he has turned into is a bust. He will never live up to the hype that came with his number 1 pick.
Your 3 picks have all had a lot more success than my guys.
Vince Carter has a career average of 22.2 ppg and 5.2 rpg.
Rashard Lewis has a career average of 16.3 ppg and 5.6 rpg.
Joe Johnson has a career average of 17.7 ppg and 4.2 rpg
with playoff averages (skewed by one poor year) of 16.9 and 4.6 rpg.
J-Business said 01/29, 01:54 AM
For one thing, if you notice in the TD, I said disappointing, not bust
I believe we can all name a few busts and you could have even added Kwame Brown to this list
I was referring to players who had decent careers but never reached their potential.
Obviously, the guys I chose were not busts, nor do I think anyone would ever consider them a bust
Just choose based on the topic
Note: Michael Olowokandi is no longer in the NBA
Gary The Sox Fan said 01/30, 09:15 AM
Opps, my bad on the kandi man. I spaced on the current bit. I will add a third player are more matches your criteria for the sake of argument. I'm going to go with Marcus Camby. He was picked 2nd overall in the 1996 draft. For his career, he has averaged 10 ppg and 10 rpg. Both are decent numbers, but he was supposed to be the next great center. Compare him to Shaq whose career numbers are 23.7 ppg and 10.9 rpg and you can see why Camby would be considered a big disappointment.
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