NBA scouts, fans, and even agents tend to overhype some players in order to help their draft stock rise, and even if more often than not they strike out on their comparisons, sometimes they truly nail it.
Some players wind up being way better than the NBA player they compare him to, while others are just unable to live up to the expectations and are quickly forgotten or labeled as nothing more than a bust.
Throughout the history of the NBA, we’ve seen some pretty accurate comparisons, while others have been vastly misleading, to say the least. Today, we’re going to give you 4 of the sickest Draft day comparisons ever:
5. Dante Exum – Kobe Bryant
This one has to be one of the most inaccurate comparisons ever. Exum came to the league with high praise as he already had an NBA-ready defense and was an aggressive driver and scorer that loved finishing through contact.
Injuries have taken a major toll on his development and even if he winds up being a late bloomer like Kobe, he’s never going to be like the Mamba. Exum can’t shoot at all, and while he’s a solid backup, that’s pretty much his ceiling.
4. Eddy Curry – Shaq O’Neal
As most NBA fans know, Eddy Curry was one of the heaviest players the league has ever seen towards the back end of his career. Curry also carried some of this weight in the NBA Draft, being billed at 300 pounds pre-draft.
Eddy’s large frame and athleticism made some people see a bit of Shaq in him, and Curry was heralded as the next Shaquille O’Neal coming into the 2001 NBA Draft, going 4th to the Bulls (again), ahead of players such as Tony Parker, Gilbert Arenas and Joe Johnson.
The two men may share the same size and frame, but did not share the same skill set, as Curry only averaged 12.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest during his 11-year NBA career, and was constantly accused of being lazy and having no work ethic.
3. Alexey Shved – To Penny Hardaway
When Alexey Shved first made it to the league, scouts saw him as the second coming of Penny Hardaway, as he had some of the quickest hands in the floor and was an explosive scorer as well as a pesky backcourt stopper.
Needless to say, the Russian combo guard was never able to make the adjustment to NBA basketball and eventually came back home, where he’s one of the most dominant players in modern history.
2. DeShawn Stevenson – Michael Jordan
DeShawn Stevenson was, according to scouts, a very advanced prospect that could shoot lights out and play both guard spots, and a guy able to make an impact in both ends of the floor the same way Michael Jordan once did.
Moreover, he was supposed to be an elite athlete but he wound up being an overweight player that roughly averaged 8 points per game and didn’t even came close to Michael Jordan’s greatness.
1. Adam Morrison – Larry Bird
Adam Morrison completely dominated during the NCAA tourney and everybody thought of him as the next Larry Bird thanks to his ability to create, shoot off the dribble and pull up from three-point land.
Even so, he barely made it to his 4th season in the league and went down as one of the biggest busts in basketball history, shooting just 37% from the floor despite his “effortless shooting stroke”.