A list of all players taken in the first round. Do they produce good pros or busts ?
90-1st Coleman - played in one all-star game. Was ok, but should of been better for a no1 overall. career fg 44%
91-22nd Leron Ellis - who ? bust
91-3rd Billy Owens - for a third overall he was a bust
92-26th Dave Johnson - I liked him in college but could never make it in the pros. Bust
96-18th John Wallace - to be fair he did have some injuries but never got there. Bust
2000-12th Etan Thomas - in one of the worst drafts he actually didn't do too bad, for any other draft he might be considered a bust.
2003-3rd Melo - finally someone who exceeded draft day expectations
2005-19th Hakim Warrick - for a 19th overall he did ok, averaged double digits a couple of times in his career
2008-28th Donte Green - McDonalds all-american and team usa. Averaged 17-7 as a freshman before he declared. After 4 sub-par nba seasons he is not on a nba roster.
2009-6th Jonny Flynn - BUST
2010-4th Wes Johnson - bust
2012-22nd Fab Melo
2012-4th Dion Waiters
For what it's worth, Billy Owens and Derrick Coleman were very solid in the pros. Coleman averaged 16 and 9 for his career and had 3 20 and 10 seasons. That's pretty damn good.
And Owens had a very solid career, averaging around 15, 8 and 3 or 4 assists in his prime. Both of them were hit by injuries early and often though.
The rest were all pretty bad though (obviously not including Melo).
Edit: In their respective drafts, the only guys that were drafted after them that were really better were Gary Payton (in Coleman's draft), and Steve Smith and Dikembe Mutombo (in Owens's draft). So those two still panned out pretty well.
maybe a lot of those players over-acheived in college...Jimmy has a way of getting the most out of his players...and was Sherman Douglas a second round pick?
I disagree. I always felt Boeheim was one of those good college coaches who wasnt good at preparing guys for the next level. You cant count guys like Melo, he is an exception...the guy was gonna be a good player regardless of where he went. If you look at that list I dont see how you can say they were overachievers in college when most of those players were top rated coming out of HS. In fact, if you look at the least heralded players, there probably just as many if not more that had better NBA success than the more highly regarded. Sherman Douglas was an afterthought, he was only given a scholarship because Pearl was gonna go pro and Boeheim knew it.
also you left off rony seikaly and pearl washington...