The NBA Draft is never a sure thing. Some bonafide college stars have never met expectations. Examples of these are Ed O'Bannon and Jay Williams. Some players came out of nowhere in the bottom of the draft to become stars. Examples of this are Nick van Exel, Sam Cassell, Latrell Sprewell, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. Whatever the outcome, the drafts have been important as they have helped influence the rise and fall of franchises. Here is a list of players who have not met expectations and are considered as draft busts.
1) Kwame Brown - This prospect from South Carolina had a lot of expectations on him. He was the first high schooler to be picked first overall in the NBA Draft. He was also picked by Michael Jordan, one of the greatest players the game has ever seen. He was seen as a good prospect because he had the body to be a defensive force in the league. Alas, it has been a decade and Kwame has averaged a mere 6.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists during his career.
2) Sam Bowie - Sam was known as the player who was drafted ahead of Michael Jordan. He was a decent player when healthy but since when has he been healthy. He ended his career playing roughly forty percent of ten seasons worth of games due to injuries and only has 10.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists to show for.
3) Michael Olowokandi - Michael was a force in the University of the Pacific where he average a double-double. However, his NBA career was marred by knee injuries.He played decent at times but never fulfilled his potential and retired with 8.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 0.7 assists.
4) Danny Ferry - Danny has his jersey retired at Duke University as he was a standout collegiate player. This success was parlayed into a number two selection by the Los Angeles Clippers. He, however refused to play for the lowly Clippers and was traded to Cleveland. He ended his career with averages of 7.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists.
5) Ed O'Bannon - Ed was a winner in college and helped power UCLA to the 1995 NCAA championship. Knee injuries ravaged O'Bannon and he never fulfilled his potential. He ended his career with 5.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.8 assists.