7. Nikoloz Tskitishvili (#5 pick in 2002)
Bill Simmons called him “the worst-case scenario foreign draft pick” in the NBA. That should give you an idea just how bad Tskitishvili was. As a big man, he averaged career stats of 2.7 PPG (on 30% shooting!!!) and only 1.8 RPG over 6 NBA seasons. Tskitishvili is widely considered to be a major draft bust. In 2008 ESPN’s Adam Reisinger rated Tskitishvili the worst 5th overall pick in NBA history, and now he makes our infamous “worse than Kwame list”.
He’s the original Darko Milicic, but worse if you ask me.
The only reason he’s not higher on the list (and not mentioned more often as an all-time bust) is because the 2002 draft was weak overall outside of a handful of players. There was no LeBron, Melo or Wade in his draft class.
Players drafted after him:
Amare Stoudemire, Caron Butler, Carlos Bozzer, Nene, Tayshaun Prince, and Matt Barnes.
Why he is a bigger bust than Kwame Brown: Insanely bad stats. Shorter career.