15 who made bad NBA draft decisions
July, 1, 2014
By Jeff Goodman | ESPN Insider
Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesJahii Carson, who went undrafted, would have greatly benefited from another year at Arizona State.There were 44 early-entry NBA draft candidates this year. Nineteen were drafted in the first round, and 10 were selected in the second round. That leaves 15 who went undrafted, and a few of those were relatively anonymous, including guys like William Alston (CC of Baltimore County), Antonio Rucker (Clinton JC) and Ta’Quan Zimmerman (Thompson Rivers in Canada).
Which guys made mistakes by declaring too early? Who either received poor advice or didn’t listen to sound advice? And which players who were drafted should have waited another year?
Here are 15 players who made ill-advised decisions to leave school early for the 2014 NBA draft:
1. Jahii Carson, Arizona State Sun Devils
This one always baffled me because the athletic point guard made his intentions clear before the start of the season despite the fact that virtually no NBA evaluators had him anywhere near the first round.