Boston Celtics: Draymond Green, 2012 NBA Draft
General Manager Danny Ainge has done an incredible job of stocking the roster of the Boston Celtics with a ridiculous amount of talent, but even the most ardent Boston fans will tell you he’s had some serious misses in past NBA Drafts. Case in point?
Using first round picks on guys like Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo in the 2012 NBA Draft, and passing on taking big man Draymond Green. In fairness to Ainge, the rest of the NBA overlooked Green as well, as he fell to the 35th overall pick.
If you think passing up on Draymond was bad… wait until you see what Charlotte did in the 1996 Draft!
Charlotte Hornets: Kobe Bryant, 1996 NBA Draft
Credit to the Charlotte Hornets for at least taking the high school phenom who will go down as one of the 10 greatest players in NBA Draft. The only problem was that they didn’t actually keep Kobe Bryant after drafting him.
It wasn’t really Charlotte’s fault, as Bryant’s agent (Arn Tellem) effectively said that Bryant would never play for Charlotte, and the wheels were already in motion to bring Bryant to Los Angeles.
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