Anthony Bennett was released by the Brooklyn Nets, his fourth team since being drafted first overall in 2013, on Monday. Bennett is already considered as among the biggest draft busts in NBA history. Here is SportsRageous’ list of the five worst first overall picks of all time featuring Anthony Bennett.
5. Greg Oden, Portland Trail Blazers (2007)
The Blazers picked Greg Oden over a guy named Kevin Durant in 2007. Oden was not entirely a bust because he showed a lot of potential when he was on the court. He just cannot stay healthy and that ultimately ended his career.
In a total of 105 games in the NBA, Oden averaged 8.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. He officially retired from basketball on October 28, 2016, last playing for the Jiangsu Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association.
4. Kwame Brown, Washington Wizards (2001)
2001 was the year when the NBA was very fond of high school phenoms. The Wizards took Kwame Brown and they had a lot of hopes for him. However, he struggled early in his career and he never realized his potential.
The good thing about Brown is he lasted 13 seasons in the NBA, playing for teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers. He averaged 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in his NBA career.
3. Michael Olowokandi, Los Angeles Clippers (1998)
“The Kandi Man” started playing basketball at the age of 18 years old and that should have been enough for the Clippers. However, they went on to pick him first overall ahead of future Hall of Famers like Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce and Vince Carter.
Olowokandi had a very underwhelming career that ended in 2007 when he last played for the Boston Celtics. In nine NBA season, he averaged 8.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.
2. LaRue Martin, Portland Trail Blazers (1972)
The Blazers really don’t know how to use the first overall pick. In 1972, the Blazers drafted LaRue Martin over Hall of Famers like Bob McAdoo and “Dr. J” Julius Erving. Martin only lasted four seasons in the NBA and retired at the end of the 1975-76 season.
1. Anthony Bennett, Cleveland Cavaliers (2013)
Yup, Anthony Bennett is the worst first overall pick of all time. He was a surprise pick for the Cavs and his time in Cleveland did not start on the right foot. Weight issues and injuries delayed his development as he got traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Bennett also had a stint with his hometown team Toronto Raptors but they did not even get something from him. He signed with the Nets this offseason but he got waived on Monday. However, the good news for Bennett is he is still young and he can be a good role player just like fellow No. 1 overall pick Joe Smith.
Photo Courtesy: Jeremy Rincon/Flickr
Video Courtesy: DownToBuck/YouTube