The NBA Draft is always one of the most exciting nights for all NBA fans around the globe, although you’d have to be way more excited if your team has a top 10 or top 5 pick in the lottery, giving them the chance to have a much better-ranked prospect.
Over the course of the years, some teams have really messed up during the Draft night, completely regretting to choose some prospects over others that wind up becoming superstars despite not going that high during the Draft night.
And for other teams, things get even worse, as they actually trade down or choose a guy immediately before a future star just to find out that their pick winds up being a major flop that’s not even NBA material.
Today, we’re going to follow our series of top 5 Draft mistakes, this time talking about one of the most exciting and promising teams for this upcoming season: the brand new Houston Rockets featuring Chris Paul and James Harden.
5. Bostjan Nachbar (2002 NBA Draft)
The Houston Rockets had just drafted the giant center out of China and one of their signature players for the long run: Yao Ming, but couldn’t round it up by having another great pick when they decided to go with Nachbar at 15th overall during the 2002 NBA Draft.
Just to put it in perspective, the forward only lasted for 6 seasons in the NBA, playing for 3 different teams and averaging just over 7 points per game, while the Rockets could’ve gone with Tayshaun Prince, Matt Barnes or Carlos Boozer instead.
4. Joel Przybilla (2000 NBA Draft)
Somehow, Joel Przybilla lasted for 13 full seasons in the NBA before finally leaving, being drafted 9th overall by the Rockets over 15 years ago in 2000 just to watch him average 3.9 points and 6.2 boards as a lousy and clumsy backup center that didn’t even play for them.
Przybilla never did pretty much anything to be worthy of an actual spot in any team’s rotation, while the Houston Rockets could’ve got Hedo Turkoglu, Quentin Richardson, Eddie House or Michael Redd in that spot.
3. Luther Head (2005 NBA Draft)
The 2005 NBA Draft was one of the most influential and exciting we’ve had in a very very long while, although the Houston Rockets completely screwed things up with their 24th overall pick: a combo guard that only lasted for 6 seasons in the Association and left career averages of 8.2 points and 2.1 dimes on just over 42% from the field.
But, if landing Lutter Head wasn’t bad enough, the Rockets had to deal with the fact that some of the guys they passed in order to land him wind up being quite solid players, like David Lee, CJ Miles, Lou Williams, Marcin Gortat and Monta Ellis.
2. Royce White (2012 NBA Draft)
Coming out of Iowa State University, the Houston Rockets decided to land Royce White back then in 2012 with their 16th overall pick. Of course, having a mid 1st rounder isn’t exactly ideal if you want to land a great prospect, but he could’ve definitely done a lot better than drafting a tweener Power Forward that has only played 3 games during his pro career and is still to record his first stats.
And what makes that pick even worse is the fact that they could’ve gone with way more talented players in Khris Middleton, Evan Fournier, Jae Crowder, Will Barton, and last but not least: Draymond Green.
1. Marcus Morris (2011 NBA Draft)
And last but not least, we get Marcus Morris, the “bad” Morris twin and the guy they chose with their 14th overall pick back then in 2011, just to deal him after his rookie season to Phoenix, and watching him average 10.8 points and 4.2 boards per game over his career on just over 40% from the floor and 30% from beyond the arc.
Of course, Morris isn’t a flop and his actually a decent rotation player, but in order to land him, the Rockets actually passed on the chance to land guys like Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris, Kenneth Faried, Nikola Mirotic and Isaiah Thomas. Oh, did we mention a couple of small forwards also available? Some guys named Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard, who went immediately after Morris. That sucks.