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Poll: Worst #1 Overall pick ever?


You guys and gals had to know this one was coming. What can I say? The polls are a small contribution that I can make to help keep PTR interesting.

The general consenus seems to be that our Spurs scored at number 37, drafting DeJuan Blair, out of Pittsburg. This draft has been pegged as one of the worst in recent memory. Given the Spurs knack for pulling a rabbit out of a hat on draft night, I wouldn't be surprised to see Blair do wonderful things for this franchise in the future. Afterall, they did land Parker at 29, and Manu at 47. I will not mention the other players with various franchises throughout the league who make regular contributions to their teams that the Spurs have picked for them, and handed over.

2009 seemed up in the air, hit or miss. Blake Griffin was the only player billed as a sure thing, and was appropriately selected first by the Clippers. Joe Barry Carroll went #1 in 1980, when he was selected by Golden State (a pick handed over by the Boston Celtics, which allowed them to land both Kevin McHale and Robert Parish. 3 NBA Championships later, this is viewed as one of the most lopsided transactions in the history of professional sports!). Carroll had a servicable career, but not a great reputatation, and played for 5 teams over 10 seasons. Point being, anything can happen. Joe is generally regarded as one of the lesser #1 overall's in NBA history but  who is the worst? (I'll start from 1979, the year the NBA was 'saved' by Magic and Bird. Fair enough? 1987 an 1997 better have zero votes. I'll shut up now.) Comments please!

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