9. Adam Morrison, Charlotte Bobcats (No. 3, 2006)
A prolific collegiate scorer at Gonzaga, some scouts saw some Larry Bird in Adam Morrison. Those scouts were wrong. Despite an unassuming personality, a whispy mustache and an unruly mop of hair that made him stand out in crowd, Morrison was not destined for NBA immortality.
The Ted “Theodore” Logan lookalike finished his final collegiate season as the nation’s leading scorer, pouring in 28.1 points per game. But despite his size (6’8″ and 205 pounds), the Montana native had issues creating his own shot and matching up against players with superior athleticism. That haunted him in the NBA.
The Charlotte Bobcats selected him with the third pick in the 2006 NBA Draft and it was quickly apparent Morrison’s game just didn’t fit the NBA. As a rookie he would post his best numbers, averaging 11.8 points and 2.9 rebounds, but he shot just 37.6 percent from the field and 33.7 percent from 3-point range. That was by far the best season of his career, as he never averaged more than 4.5 points per game again.
In the middle of his second season (after missing a year with a knee injury), the Bobcats traded him to the Los Angeles Lakers in a move to dump salary. The Lakers really wanted Shannon Brown, who came along in the deal.
Morrison won two NBA titles as a rarely-used bench player for the Lakers but never played in the league again after the 2010 season. He was just 25 years old.
He attempted a comeback in 2012 was was waived before the season started, and he retired. He has since embarked on a coaching career.