With the NBA draft lottery results due to be announced soon, fans will be eagerly anticipating a number of the key players who are likely to be on the team for the following season. This year’s draft class features some exciting prospects including the Kentucky star Julius Randle, the Duke forward Justise Winslow, the Oregon State guard Noah Vonleh and the UK forward Tyler Zeller. The lottery will feature many other first-round picks including the Oklahoma State guard Jordan Clarkson, Kansas center Joel Embiid, North Carolina point guard Marcus Smart and Florida State guard D’Angelo Russell.
The NBA draft lottery can determine which team wins the draft lottery and from that point, that team’s performance in the following seasons will largely affect their chances of winning the championship, as well as the top picks in the subsequent drafts. In fact, there are a number of players who have been picked first in recent years that have struggled immensely. Here are five players who you should avoid this season, regardless of what team they are on:
Brooklyn Nets: It is no secret that the New York Nets is one of the worst teams in the NBA this year. However, they still manage to have a very bright future ahead of them. The Nets hope that the acquisition of veteran player Carmelo Anthony can help improve their overall playing style and their production from the bench. They also hope that the additions of rookies Deron Williams, Andrei Kirilenko, Joe Johnson and rookie forward Joe Johnson can turn the Nets into a more exciting team. Unfortunately, all three of these key players have been plagued by injuries and it is unlikely that either will be able to play every game this season.
San Antonio Spurs: The San Antonio Spurs was not expecting to have any success this year after having an off-season made up of big moves involving superstar player Manu Ginobili. Still, it was expected that the Spurs would be one of the teams competing for the NBA title, so they will be looking forward to being one of the favorites to win the championship. They do have one player that they should avoid picking at this year’s NBA draft lottery.
New York Knicks: The New York Knicks entered this season as the favorites to win the NBA title. However, they have fallen into a deep hole over the past few weeks and although they do have one of the best players in the league in Carmelo Anthony, they will need a major overhaul on both ends of the floor if they are going to make a serious run at the NBA finals.
Utah Jazz: The Utah Jazz will not be the favorites to win the NBA title this year, but they will certainly be in the conversation for a top pick in next year’s draft. They have a solid group of players including rookie Dante Exum and young talent like Gordon Hayward, which have helped them reach their current position atop the Western Conference. However, the addition of the likes of Raja Bell, Jason Terry Porter and Andre Miller should help improve the Jazz’s offense and defense. The Jazz should be better prepared to compete in the Eastern Conference this season, but a number of key injuries can derail any hopes they have of advancing to the finals.