The way we will be defining a “bust” on this list is in two ways…
1) You were a lottery pick (top 14)
2) You had a spectacular college/HS/international career
3. Chris Mihm, #7
Injuries played a big role in the demise of this former first-round draft pick who was picked by the Bulls and traded immediately to Cleveland where he got his start. Chris Mihm had the will and the heart, he just never had the luck of good health… nor the overall talent. Mihm averaged just 7.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game over nine seasons. Average numbers for a very average player. Sure, he played hard when he made it out onto the court healthy and he was a decent shooter, hitting on 46 percent of his shots, but it just wasn’t enough to get out of the label “bust”. Not for a seventh overall draft pick, at least.
2. Stromile Swift, #2
Swift was selected second overall in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies. A year later, he competed in the 2001 Slam Dunk Competition against Baron Davis, DeShawn Stevenson, Corey Maggette, Desmond Mason and Jonathan Bender. Swift placed fourth as Mason, of the Seattle SuperSonics, won the competition. Unfortunately, this might be what Swift is most known for, placing in the top 5 of a dunk contest as he didn’t have a great NBA career. In his rather brief 9 year NBA career, Swift averaged 8.4 PPG, 4.6 RPG on 47.3percent from the field. Not bad for a mid-to-late 1st round pick or possibly a second rounder, but not exactly a #2 overall pick.
1. Darius Miles, #3
One of the more hyped prospects of recent generations, it’s a shame Darius Miles was never able to produce the way many expected him to out of high school. The third pick in 2000, Miles played significant minutes for the Clippers as a bench player for two years, before being shipped to the Cavaliers. Poor play and injury ruined his potential, and he wound up missing two seasons with a knee injury before attempting a comeback, at 27, with the Grizzlies in 2009. After 34 games, averaging less than nine minutes a night, D-Miles was out of the league for good.