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TOP 10 WORST NBA LOTTERY PICKS IN THE PAST 10 YEARS

25 Jun

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With the NBA Draft just days away, I thought that this week’s Top 10 should focus on just that.  So here are my top 10 worst NBA lottery picks in the past 10 years.  Of course its easy for mnba draft logoe to go back now and bash a GM or a player…but some of these seems like no brainers!  Let me know who you think is the worst lottery pick of all time!

 

darko2003 #2 Darko Milicic – Detroit Pistons:  Oh Darko…the Human Victory Cigar.  I don’t want to put too much on Joe Dumars for taking Darko with the second pick in one of the best drafts in NBA history…almost every team in the league had Dark #2 on their draft boards.   But you just can’t ignore his mediocre career numbers (although he did have a few solid years), the fact that he is no longer in the league and the players that were selected after him.  As in a few guys named Carmelo, D-Wade, Bosh, Kirk Hinrich, David West…ok, ok…I’m being too harsh.  Sorry Dumars!

araujo2004 #8 Rafael Araujo – Toronto Raptors:  At this point you might asking yourself “who?”.  The Brazilian center had two good years at BYU, but played just 3 years in the league and averaged a robust 2.8ppg and 2.8rpg.  All the Raps did was pass on the likes of Kris Humphries, Al Jefferson, Josh Smith, Jameer Nelson and more.

robert swift2004 #12 Robert Swift – Seattle Sonics:  This high school center was taken 12th overall and played 4 injury plagued seasons for SEA/OKC before calling it quits at just 23 years old.  I don’t know…maybe should have grabbed any of the players listed directly above…

fran2005 #11 Fran Vasquez – Orlando Magic:  Where to even start with this one…for a team that was rebuilding like Orlando, to not have your lottery pick ever play a single game for you is NBA Tragedy.  Vasquez is still roaming the courts of Spain and Otis Smith is still waiting for Fran’s agent to call him back.

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2005 #12 Yaroslav Korolev – L.A. Clippers:  Two season in the NBA and he scored 39 points more than I did!  Has there ever been two worse back to back lottery picks than Vasquez and Korolev?  Guess the Clips and Magic both didn’t want Danny Granger, Jarrett Jack or David Lee!

patrick obryant2006 #9 Patrick O’Bryant – Golden State Warriors:  The big man put up great per 36 minute stats, but could never get more than 11.3mpg.  After playing for three teams in four season and banking $7.4million, O’Bryant hung up the high tops.  I guess Redick, Rondo, Kyle Lowry or Paul Milsap didn’t test high enough to draft over Pat…or the next guy…

Seattle SuperSonics v Denver Nuggets2006 #10 Mouhammed Sene – Seattle Sonics:  This makes two bust picks in three drafts for Seattle…no wonder they packed up and headed to OKC.  Sene played an underwhelming 3 years in the league, made a cool $6.3million and was out of the league by 22.  Don’t we all wish we were 7footers?!

joe alexander2008 #8 Joe Alexander – Milwaukee Bucks:  Joe had a nice all around career at West Virginia, but just couldn’t put it together in the pros.  After playing for the Bucks and Bulls over two seasons Joe couldn’t cut it with the big boys and hung it up.

hasheem thabeet2009 #2 Hasheem Thabeet – Memphis Grizzlies:  Four year, four teams and career averages of 2.3ppg and 2.8rpg make Thabeet possibly the worst lottery pick in NBA history.  The shot blocking center fromUCONN has never lived up to…well to even Darko numbers!!  And now, since he is 7’3 and still just 26 years old, he gets a shot with one of the league’s best young teams:  OKC.  Oh to be young, tall and in the NBA.  Hasheem has made $15million and has played in just over 2,100 minutes.  Keep working hard my man!

The 10th spot on this list is reserved for the next lottery bust.  Who will it be?  Will Jan Vesely ever be as good as his girlfriend looks?  Or will someone take a chance on the next great foreign born player in this year’s draft, only to have him never come to the league?  Stay tuned!

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BROADWAY OR BASKETBALL???

10 Jun

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Sunday night featured two big events for two very different audiences:  Game 2 of the NBA Finals and The Tony Awards.  However, if you’re like me, you watched them both (thank you guy that invented the DVR…once again, I will be delivering my first born to you)!

So without further delay, here are the nominees for the 2013 Broadway vs. Basketball Sunday Night Face Off!!  You pick the winner!

BEST PLAY

brons block-LeBron James’ block of Tiago Splitter:  This play will be added to Finals’ highlight films for future generations to see…dare I say this will now be known as THE BLOCK??

-Lucky Guy, written by Nora Ephron:  The late, great Ephron gave us such classics as When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle.  Just for that, she gets a nod in this category.  Not to mention the play stars Tom Hanks…and everything Hanks is in deserves positive recognition…yes even you Bosom Buddies!

MOST CRINGE WORTH PERFORMANCE

-Manu Ginobili’s ball handling skills:  Manu, where are thosemanu handles that allow you to euro-step through double teams and tap dance around sideline traps?  Ginobili hands seemed like they were outfitted for a revival of Cats (think about it…can a cat dribble a basketball??….the jokes may or may not get better, so read on at your own risk).

-Mike Tyson dancing in the opening number:  Great to see Iron Mike…not so great to see him try to keep up with the steps of the pro dancers surrounding him.  Tyson’s name was immediately scratched off the potential casting list for Ring it On:  The story of one boxer’s dream to win a national cheerleading championship!

BEST REVIVAL

annie-Annie:  I have a soft spot for this one.  Who doesn’t love that little red-haired orphan and her adventures?!

-Tracy McGrady:  Ok so the box score only shows that T-Mac had 2 boards, 2 assists and a block, but as a T-Mac fan, it was good to see him get in a game during the NBA Finals.

BEST SCORE

lauper-Kinky Boots, Cindy Lauper:  She did give us Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and True Colors.  Enough said.

-Miami Heat’s opening intro music:  I love the White Stripes and Seven Nation Army.  But the Heat’s opening feels like a climb to a climax that never takes place.  I guess nothing beats the Orlando Magic 1995 intro with 2 Unlimited’s You’ll Ready For This!!

BEST SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE

-Mike Tyson in the opening number:  Iron Mike’s 2nd nomination.  Did you ever think you would see Doogie Howser and Mike Tyson on the same stage….dancing….singing….at the Tony’s?!?!?!

Host Neil Patrick Harris and retired boxer Mike Tyson perform during the opening number of Tony Awards in New York

BEST NIGHT

-Miami Heat:  In a span of about 10 game minutes, the Heat outscored the Spurts 37-9 and showed everyone why they are the defending champs and why they won 66 games this year.

-Neil Patrick Harris:  Come on….NPH was great again!  There was singing, dancing, magic and charm.  He made the night legen……..wait for it…..dary!

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BEST VENUE

radio city-Radio City Music Hall:  Radio City.  NYC.  Fauggeetttaboutit….Radio City all the way!!

-American Airlines Arena:  A beautiful basketball building close to the bright lights of South Beach.

BEST DRESSED

-Juwan Howard:  The 40-year old Howard is now a professional high-fiver and suit wearer.  Last night Juwan brought out a terrific, sleek fitting blue suit; complemented by a light blue shirt, dark blue tie, and brown shoes.  What?!  I admire a good suit!!!

BEST SHOES

-Cast of Kinky Boots:  Did you see those knee high get ups??

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BEST SUPPORTING ACT

-Mario Chalmers:  Chalmers contributed 19 points and a pair of treys in a must win for the Heat.  Seems like Mario always steps up in the big moments for Miami…nice insureance policy to have when D-Wade is aging before our eyes.

danny green-Danny Green:  In a losing effort Green threw in 17 points on 6 of 6 from the floor, including five from downtown.  It was nice to get some points outside of the Spurs’ big three and Leonard, but it didn’t really matter in this blowout.

richard kind-Richard Kind, The Big Knife:  This character actor is an underrated comedic genius….see Curb Youth Enthusiasm, Mad About You and Spin City.  Was there ever a more nebishy actor in Hollywood?  If you don’t know the word nebishy, find a Jewish grandmother asap!