The NBA Draft is an exciting ceremony where dreams can come true (or be shattered) and fans allow their hopes to blossom for the future. This is why a raucous crowd gathers every year and everyone else tunes in to watch 30 young men walk across a stage to shake Emperor Stern's hand (while the other 30 settle for the Adam Silver greeting). It is a time of unlimited possibilities and unbridled optimism. Unfortunately, everything rarely works out exactly as we think it should.
Injuries, lack of motivation, coach-clashing, and maladjustment to the star lifestyle are just a few of the numerous factors that can keep players from reaching their full potential. With so many things that could go wrong, fans of the game shouldn't be so quick to condemn the decision-making ability of their teams' front offices. Often times, picks that seem like head-scratchers in retrospect were actually made from sound, logical reasoning at the time. Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20.
With retrospect at our side, we look at the draft classes in the 2000s - those who have had long enough to officially be labelled busts - and name the 10 Most Disappointing Players Drafted 2000-2009.