How to Avoid Drafting an NBA Bust

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Step #1 — Develop a Set of Historical Data

In no particular order, the following 10 players are arguably the 10 biggest busts in NBA Draft history.

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Sam Bowie — 1984 No. 2 overall pick / Height: 7'1"

Kwame Brown — 2001 No. 1 overall pick / Height: 6'11"

Michael Olowokandi — 1998 No. 1 overall pick / Height: 7'0"

Chris Washburn — 1986 No. 3 overall pick / Height: 6'11"

LaRue Martin — 1972 No. 1 overall pick / Height: 6'11"

Darko Milicic — 2003 No. 2 overall pick / Height: 7'0"

Adam Morrison — 2006 No. 3 overall pick / Height: 6'8"

Ed O'Bannon — 1995 No. 9 overall pick / Height: 6'8"

Stromile Swift — 2000 No. 2 overall pick / Height: 6'9"

Greg Oden — 2007 No. 1 overall pick / Height: 7'0"

Step #2 — Note Any Similarities in the Data

Similarity: 100-percent of the players are 6-foot-8 or taller.

Step #3 — Look for Less Obvious Similarities

Similarity: Upon further reflection, it can be noted that a huge majority — 80-percent — of the players are black.

Step #4 — Visually Analyze the Data

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Step #5 — Announce Your Findings

"The key to a successful NBA Draft is to NOT draft any tall, black players. We can also conclude that the best basketball teams will be those that load up on short, white guys."

Step #6 — Win Countless NBA Titles with Your Short, White Team

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