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4: Sam Bowie, 2nd pick, Portland Trailblazers, 1984.

It's sort of unfair to call Sam Bowie a bust, and yet he's one of the most famous in draft history.

1984 was a banner year, and the consensus number one was Hakeem Olajuwon.

Most basketball people had Michael Jordan as the clear No.

2, but Portland already had a superstar scorer in Clyde Drexler.

The Blazers went for need over talent, and took Bowie.

Bowie struggled with injuries early in his career, but still managed to average 10.9 point and 7.5 rebounds per game in a ten season career.

However, if you get picked before Jordan, you're going to be called a bust.No.

3: Kwame Brown, 1st pick, Washington Wizards, 2001.

You'd think a guy as talented as Michael Jordan would know talent when he saw it.

Not the case.

Kwame Brown has the perfect NBA body (aside from small hands), but little skill or desire.

Brown has managed only 7.0ppg and 5.6rpg in his NBA career.

He was taken before Tyson Chandler, Pau Gasol, Joe Johnson, Richard Jefferson and many other legitimate NBA talents.No.

2: Darko Milicic, 2nd pick, Detroit Pistons, 2003.

Here's the deal.

You've got the number two pick in the best draft class in NBA history.

You're already a legit playoff contender, one more piece should put you in dynasty territory.

LeBron James is gone at No.

1, so who do you pick? Melo? Bosh? Wade? Of course not, you take Darko Milicic and play him 5 minutes a game to make sure that he never develops.

Well, it all went according to plan for the Pistons, who whiffed on an amazing opportunity.

Milicic is still trying to make a name for himself in the league, now with Memphis (all though a trade rumor for Quentin Richardson has legs).

He's averaged 5.5ppg and 2.8rpg in his career, just atrocious.No.

1: Michael Olowokandi, 1st pick, Los Angeles Clippers, 1998.

Of course it's the Clippers who made the worst selection in NBA history, who else could it be? Olowokandi was another big with good size and lots of "potential." Olowokandi had little skill and zero interest in acquiring it.

He stayed in the Association until 06-07 and averaged 8.3 points and 6.8 rebounds a game, which would be OK if he wasn't selected first overall in an incredible draft.

Who did the Clips pass up to land the Kandi-man? Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, and Antwan Jamison.

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