This is a shot of Bateer playing for a team in China in 2011. But before this pic was a terrible and short-lived NBA career.
"Dinosaur" signed with the Nuggets in 2001 and scored 5.1 points per game over 27 contests. He then signed with the Spurs the next season where he was on the championship roster, but only scored 9 points ... all season. He scored 8 points for Toronto the following year before heading back to China. He finished his career with more fouls than points. Bateer made over $1 million for these NBA accomplishments.
Jon "Contract" made an infamous -- borderline notorious -- career for getting filthy rich off a less than mediocre career.
Contract was taken 5th overall in the '85 Draft ahead of Chris Mullin, Karl Malone and Joe Dumars. He then went on to have an 11-year career in which he averaged 4.5 points per game and 4.9 boards and ... $17.6 million in salary. Jon, you can thank Jonathan Goede from Center High School (Kansas City) for teaching you everything you know ;)
Kwame was taken 1st overall in the 2001 Draft ahead of Pau Gasol and Tony Parker. Although he managed to stay in the league for 12 years, he averaged just 6 points and 5 rebounds for his career for seven different teams, yet made a whopping $64 million. Unreal.
Even casual NBA fans like myself were stunned to see Cleveland take Bennett as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. He was literally a bust over night. Cleveland shipped him to Minnesota the very next season after he put up just 4.2 ppg, playing just 12 minutes per contest. Now he's with his fourth team in four years, still averaging just 5 points and 3 boards -- making Bennett easily one of the worst No. 1 picks in history. And of course, he's still made $15 million.
Miller Time! ... No, not Reggie, but OLIVER, was a first round pick in the 90s who stuck around for a decade, despite the fact he averaged just 2 points and 2 rebounds per game for his career, and at one point, ballooned to an astounding 375 pounds.
Martin was the N0. 1 pick of the 1972 draft and was taken ahead of guys like Bob McAdoo and Julius Erving. But the seven-footer quickly became an all-time bust for Portland (just the first of a long list that includes Sam Bowie and Greg Oden) as he shot just 41.6 percent from the field, terrible for a center, and only averaged 5 points, 5 boards and .5 blocks per game.
He was out of the league after just four years and according to his Wikipedia page, now works for UPS.
How desperate were the Denver Nuggets to land the next Dirk Nowitzki? They took this guy you see here at No. 5 overall in the 2002 NBA Draft ... without watching him play.
At least that's the rumor. And it's not hard to believe considering the Georgian (country, not the state) lasted just 6 years in the NBA, averaging just 3 points and 2 rebounds per game. At least he walked away with $9 million.
Oh, Darko, the guy everyone lists atop their biggest draft busts -- taken 2nd overall in the 2003 NBA Draft, the only player selected before him was LeBron, meaning that the Pistons chose Darko over Carmelo, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade. Was the Serbian worth it??!! You know the answer. He went on to average 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist over a 12-year career with 6 teams, making an unbelievable $52 million. Now he's trying kick-boxing.
Ruffin was a 2nd round pick in 1999, but how many players do you know who averaged more career fouls than points (2.3 to 1.7) -- well, aside from the aforementioned Bateer, NOT MANY!
Ruffin still made $9 million over a ten year career.
The red-head everyone loves to hate on, "White Mamba" AKA "Veal Scalabrine" AKA "The Ginger Ninja" some how managed to stay in the NBA for 11 seasons, win a championship with the 2008 Boston Celtics, and make $20 million in salary, all while just averaging 3.1 points and 2 rebounds per game.