14. Greg Oden (2007):
From the moment he headed to Columbus to serve his required year before he could officially declare for the NBA Draft, everyone had Greg Oden pegged as the #1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. Even with a somewhat questionable offensive game, and even after missing the entirety of his one year at Ohio State University due to injury, NBA-types simply couldn’t get over Oden’s “grown man” body — standing 7’0 and 250lbs — at only 18 years old, leading the majority of the league to stannd by the conventional NBA wisdom of “you can’t pass on a gifted big man.”
But there were a few intrepid NBA teams who did question said conventional wisdom, especially after more than one team being floored by the combination of size and basketball skills possessed by the next best player in the 2007 draft class (Kevin Durant).