NBA Lottery losers: Ranking the worst classes

Cavaliers win 2011 NBA?lottery, will draft No. 1, No. 4. We break down the worst lottery classes since 1990.

We break down the worst lottery classes since 1990.

1.) 2000


Best pick
: Kenyon Martin, No. 1 to New Jersey
Worst pick: Jerome Moiso, No. 11 to Boston

Martin was the only All-Star in this lottery and injuries hampered his career. You can’t help but feel sorry for the Bulls who struck out twice with Marcus Fizer at No. 4 and Chris Mihm at No. 7. Darius Miles (No. 3 to the Clippers) made the All-Rookie team out of high school but he proved too immature for the league.



2.) 2001

Best pick: Joe Johnson, No. 10 to Boston
Worst pick: Kwame Brown, No. 1 to Washington

Brown will go down as perhaps the worst No. 1 pick ever. No. 4 Eddy Curry and No. 7 Eddie Griffin could be the worst at their respective spots, too. We bet Boston wishes it picked Zach Randolph at No. 11 instead of Kendrick Brown.



3.) 2010

Best pick: Derrick Favors, No. 3 to New Jersey
Worst pick: Cole Aldrich, No. 11 to New Orleans

The Hornets dodged a bullet, shipping Aldrich to the Thunder, who demoted him to the NBDL. Favors is raw, but he should blossom into an All-Star in Utah, where he was traded midseason. No. 1 pick John Wall is incredibly quick, but the NBA is not a place to learn how to shoot a jump shot. Too bad for the Wiz.



4.) 2006

Best pick: Brandon Roy, No. 6 to Portland
Worst pick: Adam Morrison, No. 3 to Charlotte

Andrea Bargnani is a serviceable player in Toronto, but he’s not flashy. Tyrus Thomas (No. 4) and Shelden Williams (No. 5) have been flops, while 7-footer Patrick O’Bryant (No. 9) has only started three games.



5.) 2011

Best pick: Derrick Williams, PF, Arizona
Worst pick: Jonas Valanciunas, PF, Lithuania

We know it’s harsh, but this 2011 class will be loaded with unprepared early entrants and a crew of unproven international players. Kyrie Irving figures to go No. 1 to the Cavs, but beyond him and Williams, this weak lottery class rivals 2000.

 
 
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