Every year in the NBA Draft it seems certain guys fall through the cracks for unknown reasons. These players were the biggest misses of the decade.
Drafting in the NBA is hard. When it comes to choosing the right player with a selection, so many factors are at play. The player’s skills, their age, their attitude, how they fit into the build of the current team, how much money are they going to make, and much, much more.
Teams get their picks wrong all the time. It happens, and there is no shame in that. Sometimes players in the pros are completely different from the player they were in college. It all depends on situations and development rate.
No matter how hard teams try to get things right, they are going to miss time and time again. It’s inevitable, and it happens every year. Looking back on the past decade, there have been nine drafts from 2010 to 2019, which means there were a lot of chances for guys to get selected too low for the value they’re providing now.
For the purpose of this piece, I’ll be compiling a team of 15 players who were all drafted far too low given where they are at now as NBA players. The team will be broken up into three groups of five: the starters, the bench, and the third unit.
There was a restriction when it came to putting this group together, international players who did not attend college were not allowed into consideration. Apologies to Giannis Antetokounmpo and a host of other talented players, but scouting the college game is a whole different ball game than evaluating the overseas guys.
The other restriction was that all players who were included must have been selected OUTSIDE of the lottery. Fair or not, there had to be some sort of standard for cutting down on players, and eliminating lottery selections was the most realistic option.
With all of that being said, continue reading to find out who made the cut for the All-Decade team, and if you think someone was left out who should have been included, make it known in the comments.