1. Anthony Bennett, Cleveland Cavaliers (No. 1, 2013)
What on Earth were the Cleveland Cavaliers thinking? While that question can be applied to virtually all of the franchise’s history, in this instance I’m referring to the 2013 NBA Draft.
The Cavs had the No. 1 pick and opted to select Anthony Bennett over the far more accomplished Victor Oladipo and Otto Porter. Sure, the 2013 draft was historically awful, but still. Bennett averaged 16.1 points per game as a freshman at UNLV and opted to jump to the NBA after garnering comparisons to fellow Runnin’ Rebel Larry Johnson. Not only was he not LJ, he wasn’t even Grandmama.
Bennett wound up spending four seasons in the NBA with four different teams. The Cavs traded him to the Timberwolves as part of the deal that brought Kevin Love to Cleveland, then he wound up in Toronto and Brooklyn before winding up out of the NBA at 23 years old.
In his four seasons, Bennett started a whopping four games and in his 151 career contests he averaged 4.4 points and 3.1 rebounds in 12.6 minutes. He shot a woeful 39.2 percent from the field.
Bennett spent the 2017 season with Fenerbahçe in the Turkish league where he averaged a robust 1.2 points per game. He was released and returned to the G-League where he remains a member of the Maine Red Claws. He’s still just 25 and no one is knocking down his door.