The Soapbox is a feature where NLSC community members can let their voices be heard on a range of topics related to basketball and basketball video games through feature articles here on the main site. Today’s guest contributor is Kenny, formerly known as badreligionau in the NLSC Forum.
The Washington Wizards had the first pick of the 2001 NBA Draft. They had some players with great potential to choose from, including Tyson Chandler, Shane Battier and Eddy Curry. But instead, they chose Kwame Brown; the first player ever to be selected with the first overall pick directly out of high school.
He seemed like a solid pick. He won the Mr Georgia Basketball award, was Glynn Academy’s all-time leading rebounder and shot blocker, and was selected for the McDonalds All-American team in 2001. But as six teams in eleven seasons would find out, the expectations placed on Kwame far exceeded his talent. Indiscretions both on and off the court have marred his career and contributed to his label as one of the biggest draft busts the NBA has seen.