Title is pretty self-explanatory but who are some players either rookies/guys coming into a league or a good player changing teams that just didn’t pan out?
A few for me are:
Bobby Hurley getting drafted by Sacramento and then getting into a horrible car accident that pretty well ended his career. In retrospect I’m not sure how good that he would have been, but when I was a kid I thought he’d be good.
John Wallace from Syracuse. He was an unbelievable clutch player during Syracuse’s run but never did much of anything in the pros.
Post by Captain Money Made (BLM) on Apr 14, 2018 20:12:36 GMT -5
Jay Williams: That motorcycle trash took all his abilities before he was able to showcase his talent in Chicago
OJ Mayo: Disclaimer in regards to I thought he would be an All Star and great player for many years. What he ended up being was a decent player who had one really good season and he never reached the heights people thought. Currently out the league because of suspensions
Post by cabbageboy on Apr 15, 2018 18:00:34 GMT -5
The oddity is that people crap on the Blazers for drafting Sam Bowie instead of Jordan but Portland actually made the Finals a year BEFORE the Bulls ever did.
I might have to go with Gregg Jefferies. For those that used to collect baseball cards you know that in the late 80s his rookies were in serious demand. He was hyped as the Next Big Thing in MLB. It's weird because I wouldn't even say he was a lousy player. He ended up with 1593 career hits and was a .289 career hitter, so he wasn't awful. But the dude was hyped as if he was a Baseball God in the making. The baffling thing about him is that after his initial Mets tenure produced "eh" results he eventually became a 2 time All Star with the Cardinals, but then for whatever reason signed with the Phillies and drifted into mediocrity.
Todd Van Poppel. There's a guy that was hyped in the early 90s as being a future Cy Young winner and he just never panned out for the A's or anyone else. Probably called up too soon.
Post by Impressive hashtagdaley on Apr 15, 2018 21:35:13 GMT -5
Any Kings draft pick in recent memory that wasn't DeMarcus Cousins.
Tyreke Evans --- Explosive early 20/5/5 rookie season. Finally seemed like the Kings had a star. Injuries sapped him of his driving ability, the Kings never established his official position, and he was given away.
Ben McLemore --- Hyper athletic with a sweet stroke. Never got consistent. Let him walk away.
Jimmer Freddette --- Never translated to the NBA and flamed out.
Willie Cauley-Stein --- "He'll be a DPOY contender! He will guard positions 1-5, where ever he is needed!" Lousy defender. Lousy rebounder. Athleticism gets him buckets, but he's a bench player on a real team.
Then there's thrown away draft picks like Thomas Robinson and Nik Stauskas... gee, I wonder why the Kings are forever terrible.
Shelby Miller and Colby Rasmus. Two can't miss Cardinals prospects that were supposed to be feature into their long term plans. Turns out Rasmus couldn't be coached and Miller got bogged down by underwhelming stuff and injuries.
So, so many. Off the top of my head, William Green of the Browns. Thought he was going to be the next big RB in the league, and he kinda just sucked. I wrote for a very small time draft site in 07-08, and I was super high on Brian Brohm being a stud QB and he was horrible. Cadillac Williams, who was great and then blew both patellas. DaJuan Wagner and Michael Beasley in basketball. Wily Mo Pena in baseball. And of course WS MVP David Freese, who I thought was well on his way to a Scott Rolen-esque career, minus the defense. Very much nope. In hockey, none really come to mind. Cody Hodgson maybe. He was drafted above Erik Karlsson and now I believe he doesn't even play hockey anymore and has some disease I believe.
MLB: I felt like Elijah Dukes was going to be a legit star for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Oops, turned out to be a dickhead malcontent.
I'm still waiting for Avisail Garcia to become the next Miguel Cabrera.
While Phil Hughes wasn't a huge flop. He clearly crumbled under the weight of the expectations of him being the heir apparent ace for the Yankees. What with his propensity to give up HRs and a fastball that didn't miss bats whatsoever.
NFL: Scott Tolzien. I dug the rocket he's got for an arm. He put up plenty of yards in relief of Aaron Rodgers in a game versus the Giants a few years back. However, he's never attained any other skills than that arm.
NBA: Danny Green. I understand in Popovich's system, players have to sacrifice some of their skills, but Green lost a lot of potential money fitting into the Spurs' system. I'll also throw in a vote for Harrison Barnes. He wanted no part of Game 7 vs. the Cavs two years ago, and finds himself mired in obscurity in Dallas.