Shelden Williams (Duke)
The picture on the right tells you everything you need to know about Shelden Williams’ NBA career. But let’s talk about the good before the bad. Shelden Williams was an elite defender, and rebounding machine during his four years at Duke (2002-2006). He won the 2005 and 2006 Defensive Player of the Year Award, becoming only the fifth college player in history to win the award in back to back years. Williams also holds Duke’s career records for blocks and rebounds… By selecting Williams with the 5th-overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks thought their front court would be set for years to come. Boy were they wrong.
Williams didn’t have the size or the skills to compete in the NBA, and his time in Atlanta was done after two disappointing seasons. Williams played for 7 different teams during his 9 season in the NBA — never averaging more than 5.5 ppg or 6 rpg. To make matters worse, he isn’t even the best basketball player in his house! His wife, famous WNBA star Candace Parker, is considered one of the best female basketball players of all-time.