Every NBA team's biggest draft bust in history
For sports fans, few things are more demoralizing than your favorite team drafting a bust. Young prospects can appear to have all the talent and potential in the world, but many don't pan out due to injuries, a poor work ethic or the fact that they just flat-out don't have the necessary skills to compete at the highest level.
PointAfter scoured over stats from every NBA franchise's draft history to find the biggest bust ever for each team. In order to quantify a "bust," we used the following criteria.
1. The player had to be selected in the top 10 picks of their draft. Without the hype accompanying a top selection, guys can't accurately be deemed busts.
2. The player in question never made an All-Star team and objectively had a sub-par career (thanks, Captain Obvious).
3. Players drafted after the bust were considerably better options—like future Hall of Famers and All-Stars—thus making the bust look even more egregious on a historical level.
Believe it or not, there are franchises that have never drafted a bust based on our criteria. We'll start with those scouting pros before getting into the nitty gritty and counting down to the most catastrophic busts, based on career win shares.
#30. San Antonio Spurs: N/A
Draft Year: 2002
Draft Spot: No. 5
Career Win Shares: -1.6
The 2002 NBA draft wasn't brimming with talent by any stretch of the imagination, but Denver's decision to gamble on European prospect Nikoloz Tskitishvili was still a questionable one. Throughout his rookie year with the Nuggets, the lanky forward looked every bit the overwhelmed 19-year-old kid that he was (well, save for his seven-foot frame).
During that season, Tskitishvili converted just 115 of his 393 field goals (29.3 percent). After two plus years in Denver, he played stints in Golden State, Minnesota and Phoenix, but was out of the NBA by 2006. His career shooting percentages of 30.4 percent from the field and 23.5 percent from long range are ghastly, and cement his spot as the biggest draft bust on this list.