Terrible 2s? Draft picks who haven't panned out

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A look at the often dubious history of NBA players taken with the second overall pick.

13 STRAIGHT PICKS, 2 STARS:

2012 — Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky, Charlotte Bobcats: Off to promising start in his rookie season.

2011 — Derrick Williams, Arizona, Minnesota Timberwolves: Been in Rick Adelman's doghouse from the start. Shown flashes this season, but still inconsistent.

2010 — Evan Turner, Ohio State, Philadelphia 76ers: After a rocky start has emerged as a valuable and versatile player this season.

2009 — Hasheem Thabeet, Connecticut, Memphis Grizzlies: A far cry from the Next Mutombo that he was advertised to be.

2008 — Michael Beasley, Kansas State, Miami Heat: Discipline and focus continue to plague him five years later.

2007 — Kevin Durant, Texas, Seattle SuperSonics: That seemed to work out OK for everyone except Seattle fans.

2006 — LaMarcus Aldridge, Texas, Chicago Bulls: Legit cornerstone for Portland Trail Blazers.

2005 — Marvin Williams, North Carolina, Atlanta Hawks: Was a bench player at UNC and has been a bench player, performance-wise, in NBA.

2004 — Emeka Okafor, Connecticut, Charlotte Bobcats: Injuries have derailed a career that began as rookie of year.

2003 — Darko Milicic, Serbia, Detroit Pistons: Ugh.

2002 — Jay Williams, Duke, Chicago Bulls: Motorcycle accident ended promising career.

2001 — Tyson Chandler, Dominguez High School, Compton, Calif., Los Angeles Clippers: After an uneven start, has asserted himself as a top-flight C for Dallas, New York.

2000 — Stromile Swift, Louisiana State, Vancouver Grizzlies: Super athletic F never put it together.

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OTHER NOTABLE FAILURES:

1997 — Keith Van Horn, Utah, Philadelphia 76ers: Hardly the next Larry Bird many were hoping for.

1993 — Shawn Bradley, Brigham Young, Philadelphia 76ers: 7-foot-6 center stayed in league for 12 seasons but rarely was a factor.

1989 — Danny Ferry, Duke, Los Angeles Clippers: Better executive than he was a professional player. Averaged more than 10 points per game twice in 13 seasons.

1986 — Len Bias, Maryland, Boston Celtics: Died of drug overdose before playing for Celtics.

1984 — Sam Bowie, Kentucky, Portland TrailBlazers: Well, you know.

1983 — Steve Stipanovich, Missouri, Indiana Pacers: Big man played five solid if underwhelming seasons, averaging 13.2 points, 7.8 rebounds.

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