Kwame Brown (Wizards)
Before the NBA mandated that players had to play one year in college, the biggest role of the dice in basketball was the selection of high school players. And while there have been some that went on to stardom (Kobe, LeBron and Kevin Garnett), others have been monumental busts (Darius Miles, Sebastian Telfair, and DeSagna Diop).
But there was no bigger high school bust than Kwame Brown. He was the first No. 1 pick taken straight from high school, and he never lived up to expectations. Injuries hampered his progress, as well as what many people perceived as a lack of focus. In the Wizards defense, it was a rather weak draft, though they could have had Pau Gasol or Joe Johnson. —Johnny Goodtimes (AP Photo)
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