The NBA’s 23 Absolute Worst Top 10 Picks Since 2009

23. Derrick Favors — 2010, 3rd Overall


It feels a bit wrong putting Favors on this list just a few years after he averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds from 2014-2016, but the Georgia Tech product hasn’t produced like a No. 3 overall draft pick should.

After spending one year with the Nets, Favors was used as the main bait in the deal that sent Deron Williams to New Jersey. Favors has been with the Jazz organization ever since, and has seen mixed results over his nine-year career. He’s been a victim of circumstance. Rudy Gobert developed faster than anybody could have anticipated, making Favors a bit of an afterthought in Utah’s frontcourt.

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22. Evan Turner — 2010, 2nd Overall


Turner was selected one spot ahead of Favors in the 2010 NBA Draft, so it’s only right he slots in one spot ahead in this ranking as well. Turner hasn’t been a complete bust, but teams selecting at the No. 2 spot are expecting a superstar, which Turner certainly isn’t.

Factoring in to Turner’s lack of elite success at the NBA level has been his shaky outside shooting. He’s a career 30-percent shooter from three, and has never made more than 58 in a single season. Turner’s skills lie in his ball handling and vision, but when teams know that, they can sag off, making it increasingly difficult to make plays for others. Turner’s inability to post big scoring totals kept him from becoming the All-Star everybody thought he would be.

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