20. Anthony Bennett: 2013
Not only is Bennett the worst No. 1 Overall pick in the last 20 years, but he very well could be the worst first-overall NBA draft choice in league history.
Bennett was consistently plagued by weight issues, and essentially was position-less for the Cavaliers. The UNLV product failed to start a single game in his rookie season. After averaging 4.2 PPG in 12.8 MPG for the Cavs in one season, he was jettisoned in a three-team deal to Minnesota. He then continued on a stint of one-year deals — featuring then for the Toronto Raptors and the Brooklyn Nets.
Bennett ultimately ended up in Europe, where he then was released by Fenerbahce of the Turkish Basketball Super League. At only 24 years of age, Bennett is currently a free agent.
19. Greg Oden: 2007
The big man out of Ohio State had the requisite tools needed to be an elite big man in the NBA. Unfortunately for Oden, his body was made of glass.
Microfracture surgery on Oden’s right knee robbed him of his rookie season. He then showed up the following year overweight — which invariably contributed to a plethora of knee and leg injuries. Oden did average 11.1 PPG and 8.5 RPG during this second year with Portland…though he achieved this stat line in only 21 games (23.9 MPG). Oden played in only parts of three seasons before playing one year in China.
At 29 years old, Oden is currently without a team.
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