Originally written June 25, 2013 on Rumors and Rants:
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...
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  • 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.
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