2014: Nik Stauskas
Eccentric owner Vivek Ranadivé of the Sacramento Kings famously assembled a cadre of aspiring NBA analytics specialists to assess which player the Kings should take in the 2014 NBA Draft. Except, the Kings then just went ahead and took the player that Ranadivé wanted all along: Nik Stauskas from the University of Michigan. He was such a mistake that the Kings decided to trade away Stauskas after only one season. If the Kings had taken anyone else, like Dario Šarić, Jusuf Nurkić, Gary Harris, or even Clint Capela, who all were taken in the first round of that same draft, they would have been much better off.