Comparing NBA Legends To Those Who Didn’t Pan Out

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Players that enter the league have expectations and some have more than others. An example of a player with big expectations when they entered the NBA was LeBron James. He was the chosen one, compared to one of the greatest players of all time, Michael Jordan. James was the heir to the NBA throne when Jordan left and most people believe that he has lived up to those expectations. On the other hand, some players don’t live up to expectations. Today we are going to talk about crazy NBA comparisons.

Alexey Shved-Penny Hardaway 

Alexey Shved made his debut at the beginning of the 2012-2013 season at the age of 23 after being undrafted in the 2010 draft.

Career stats

  • 7.4 Pts
  • 2.0 Reb
  • 2.5 Ast
  • 36.9 FG%
  • 30.6 3PT%
  • 182 GP
  • Played for MIN,PHI,HOU,and NYK
  • Played from 2012-2015

Penny Hardaway’s career stats

  • 15.2 Pts
  • 4.5 Reb
  • 5.0 Ast
  • 45.8 FG%
  • 31.6 3PT%
  • 704 GP
  • Played for ORL,PHX,NYK,and MIA
  • Played from 1993-2008
  • Was retired for the 2006-2007 Season

Shved was one of the top overall prospects in all of Europe but teams didn’t care as every single team passed up on him. He showed some type of skill here and there but it was very rare and very inconsistent.

Notable players taken before Shved

  • John Wall
  • DeMarcus Cousins
  • Gordon Hayward
  • Paul George
  • Eric Bledsoe
  • Avery Bradley
  • Hassan Whiteside

Teams made the wise decision to pass up on him.

LaMarcus Aldridge-Channing Frye

This comparison might seem weird when you look at it today because of how well Aldridge has been since he entered the league and Channing Frye went from a starter to a decent bench player. Aldridge made his debut at the beginning of the 2006-2007 season at the age of 21 and was pick 2nd in the 2006 Draft by the Chicago Bulls but was traded and made his debut with the Portland Trail Blazers.

LaMarcus Aldridge’s career stats

  • 19.1 Pts
  • 8.3 Reb
  • 1.9 Ast
  • 48.6 FG%
  • 28.7 3PT%
  • 794 GP
  • Played for POR and SAS
  • Played from 2006-Present

Channing Frye’s career stats

  • 9.2 Pts
  • 4.8 Reb
  • 1.0 Ast
  • 44.0 FG%
  • 38.9 3PT%
  • 801 GP
  • Played for NYK,POR,PHX,ORL,and CLE
  • Played from 2005-Present
  • Missed all of the 2012-2013 Season

Aldridge’s play style is completely different from Channing Frye’s. Frye shoots 3’s while Aldridge shoots from mid-range. Aldridge rebounds well while Frye rebounds half as much as Aldridge.

Notable players taken after Aldridge

  • Rudy Gay
  • Rajon Rondo
  • Kyle Lowry
  • Paul Millsap

It was good for the Bulls to pick him with the 2nd pick but when they traded him to Portland, that’s when they messed up.

Marcus Fizer-Charles Barkley

Marcus Fizer made his debut at the beginning of the 2000-2001 season at the age of 22 and was picked 4th overall in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls.

Marcus Fizer’s career stats

  • 9.6 Pts
  • 4.6 Reb
  • 1.2 Ast
  • 43.5 FG%
  • 19.1 3PT%
  • 289 GP
  • Played for CHI,MIL,and NOK
  • Played from 2000-2006

Charles Barkley’s career stats

  • 22.1 Pts
  • 11.7 Reb
  • 3.9 Ast
  • 54.1 FG%
  • 26.6 3PT%
  • 1073 GP
  • Played for PHI,PHX,and HOU
  • Played from 1984-2000

Fizer showed great talent at Iowa State but that couldn’t translate that to the NBA. He was decent for his first three years but it went downhill from there.

Notable players taken after him

  • Mike Miller
  • Jamal Crawford
  • Quentin Richardson

It wasn’t that much of a waste as a pick. He was decent the first 3 years of his career but the 4th pick is not used to select decent players.

Adam Morrison-Larry Bird

Adam Morrison was a great player at Gonzaga, leading them to deep tournament runs. The expectations for him was sent to an extreme high. He had great leadership on the floor, was like a coach on the court, but with the 3rd pick in the 2006 Draft, the Charlotte Bobcats took a chance on him and it didn’t pay out for him.

Adam Morrison’s career stats

  • 7.5 Pts
  • 2.1 Ast
  • 1.4 Reb
  • 37.3 FG%
  • 33.1 3PT%
  • 161 GP
  • Played for CHA and LAL
  • Played from 2006-2010
  • Missed all of 2007-2008 season

Larry Bird’s career stats

  • 24.3 Pts
  • 10.0 Reb
  • 6.3 Ast
  • 49.6 FG%
  • 37.6 3PT%
  • 897 GP
  • Played only for BOS
  • Played from 1979-1992
  • Missed almost all of the 1988-1989 season

Adam Morrison just didn’t have it to make it big into the league. His future looked so bright entering the draft, but it all went downhill.

DeShawn Stevenson-Michael Jordan

This has to be one of the biggest screw-ups in NBA scouting history. It’s a big deal to get compared to one of the greatest players to ever played basketball and because he’s on this list, he definitely didn’t live up to the comparison.

Career stats

  • 7.2 Pts
  • 2.2 Reb
  • 1.6 Ast
  • 40.6 FG%
  • 34.0 3PT%
  • 824 GP
  • Played for UTA,ORL,WAS,DAL,NJN,and ATL
  • Played from 2000-2013

Michael Jordan’s career stats

  • 30.1 Pts
  • 6.2 Reb
  • 5.3 Ast
  • 49.7 FG%
  • 32.7 3PT%
  • 1072 GP
  • Played for CHI and WAS
  • Played from 1984-2003
  • Did not play for 1993-1994 Season because of Baseball
  • Did not play from 1998-2001 because he was retired

Most don’t usually hear the name DeShawn Stevenson unless it’s involved in a conversation about crazy NBA comparisons. He had a big label entering the league but that label went away so fast.

Sometimes in history, people seemed like they are destined for greatness, with their names being compared to the greats, but in these cases, that was the exact opposite.


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