9 Big-Time, Big-Money NBA Draft Busts

9 Big-Time, Big-Money NBA Draft Busts

By Phil Terrigno  // 

Kwame Brown

Year selected: 2001

Draft pick: 1st overall

Team: Washington Wizards

High School: Glynn Academy (Brunswick, Georgia)

Michael Jordan’s prominence as a player hasn’t translated to his executive responsibilities. After watching Brown workout, the then-president of basketball operations insisted that Washington draft him out of high school. The Wizards did, passing on Pau Gasol and Tyson Chandler, and gave the inconsistent center a four-year, $17.3 million rookie scale contract.

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