Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 10/30/14
The days leading up to the 2013 NBA Draft certainly make fans think back on past draft experiences. While this year’s draft class has been deemed “weak” by many draft experts and analysts, it is still sure to produce a number of steady and, most likely, memorable players in the future. With that in mind, here’s a look at the top 10 busts in the history of the NBA Draft. 10. Jonathan Bender – No. 5 pick, 1999 draft, Toronto Raptors (traded to Indiana Pacers) Bender was drafted out of high school, fifth overall in 1999 by Toronto. Bender had unlimited potential as a 6-foot-11 forward with length, ball-handling skills and athleticism. He posted his best season statistically in his third year, playing in 78 games for the Indiana Pacers. However, Bender would only appear in a combined 76 games over the next four seasons due to serious knee issues. Bender then shut himself down for three seasons, making one final attempt to play in 2009-10 with the New York Knicks. He played in 25 games...
1 Comment:
  • It's unfair to classify players whose careers were cut short by injury as "busts". When they could play, they played well - I'm referring to Bowie and Oden. Even Kwame Brown has not been a total bust (it's not his fault he was chosen way too high in the draft or has small hands) as he can play some D and rebound. The word bust should be reserved for those who can barely play at all..such as Olowokandi.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Michael Vick: Starting at QB again is a dream come true

Red Sox to reportedly target Pablo Sandoval in offseason

Alex Rodriguez's season-long MLB ban comes to an end

Madison Bumgarner pitches Giants to World Series title

Giants fans get rowdy celebrating World Series win

Roy Williams' response to criticism over academic scandal

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jerry Jones challenging Tony Romo to play Sunday?

Wizards make rapper Wale new 'creative liaison' for team

Report: Joe Maddon to become Cubs manager

Rockets Harden and Ariza visit Julius Randle in the hospital

Dan Gilbert asked if he 'deserved' to have LeBron back

Brady: Maybe at Manning's age I'll be playing that well

WATCH: Randle offers money for massage in jailhouse video

Top storyline for each Week 9 NFL game

WATCH: Chevy guy bombs World Series presentation

WATCH: James Ennis throws down dunk of the season

Kris Humphries shares nasty photo of gruesome finger injury

WATCH: Joe Panik makes play of the game in Game 7

Russell Westbrook wears aluminum foil-like outfit

WATCH: Capitals' Chimera suffers nasty broken nose

Robert Griffin III to start against Vikings

WATCH: Navy raps about Notre Dame, set to ‘Anaconda’

Rulon Gardner selling Olympic memorabilia to pay $3.9M debt

Mike Pettine says he ‘can sense’ Johnny Manziel’s frustration

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Top storyline for each Week 9 game

Williams' response to criticism

WATCH: Chevy guy totally bombs

Bumgarner pitches Giants to title

Report: Cubs to hire Maddon as manager

Tom Brady talks Peyton Manning

Best Game 7s in World Series history

NFL, MLB spend on mid-term elections

Gurley suspended four games

Gordie Howe suffered stroke

WATCH: Kobe and Dwight get into it

Notre Dame WR will not be punished

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.