17. Kwame Brown (2001):
Kwame Brown is as good an example of what a risk it was for NBA teams to draft talented but immature players straight out of high school. At the time, teams fell in love with the physical abilities Brown flashed as a high school senior in southeast Georgia, and scouts recounted how the 6’11 Brown could handle the ball like a guard and shoot the ball reliably out as far as 17 feet from the rim.
But Brown was also an example of teams loving how well the proverbial car could perform, without checking what’s underneath the proverbial hood. In other words, they failed to see that Brown was still a very immature kid who would end up struggling to face the transition of playing against teenagers to playing against grown men.