The 10 Worst NBA Players in History

The 10 Worst NBA Players in History

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What defines the worst NBA basketball player? Is it his style of play, lack of consistency, or his off-the-court antics? Everyone has their reasons for ranking players as the “worst ever.” This is my list of the 10 Worst NBA Players in history.

10. Brian Scalabrine

Brian David Scalabrine (born March 18, 1978) is a former professional basketball player who played for the New Jersey Nets, Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls. Whilst earning many nicknames as great as “The White Mamba," Brian David managed to have a career average of 3.1 points and 2.0 rebounds.

9. Nikoloz Tskitishvili

Nikoloz Tskitishvili is a Georgian professional basketball player. The 7’0’’ player was selected by the Denver Nuggets in the 2002 NBA draft. Much to mention, his career averages of 2.9 points per game and 1.8 rebounds per game reflected in ESPN's writer Bill Simmons claim that Tskitishvili is "the worst-case scenario for any foreign pick" in the NBA.

8. Chris Jent

Christopher Matthew "Chris" Jent is a former player who is currently an assistant coach with Ohio State University. In a unique and brief career, the worst in every sense, Chris Jent just played three games each for the Houston Rockets and New York Knicks, whereas he played in 11 playoff games; playing more career playoff-games than regular-season games in the NBA.

7. Keith Closs

Keith Mitchell Closs is an American former professional basketball player who played at the center position. At 7’3’’ he was destined to be great with a five-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers. But unfortunately it did not work out so well for Keith who had an abrupt three year NBA career marred by DUIs and multiple clashes with coaches.

6. Michael Ruffin

Michael Ruffin had a nine-year NBA career which was the worst in its unique way. He wrapped his career with more career personal fouls (942) than points (716). Furthermore, in his second season Michael Ruffin averaged 2.6 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game; the best numbers he had in his entire career. 

5. Bryant Reeves

Bryant Reeves had one of those careers which could have been better under some circumstances. Starting at the Vancouver Grizzlies, Reeves' talent earned him a huge six year $65 million extension on his rookie contract. As fate had it, injuries and a lack of mobility cut his career shot and massively affected his career. He spent his entire six year career with the Vancouver Grizzlies.

4. Manute Bol

Born in Sudan, Manute Bol was an American basketball player.  At 7’7’’, he was listed as the tallest player in NBA history, along with Gheorghe Muresan. Though he was considered among the best shot blockers in the game, he lacked in other major aspects of the game. Over his entire career he managed to block more shots than score points; the only player to do so. His career averages were 2.6 points and 4.2 rebounds.

3. Sun Yue

Sun Yue was picked up by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round in the 2008 Draft. At 6’9’’, the Chinese player stained his career as soon as he debuted. He collected four fouls and two turnovers in minutes and went on to commit more fouls (10) than points (6). The Lakers soon realized their mistake in choosing Sun Yue.

2. Cherokee Parks

Cherokee Parks seemed promising for his numbers at Duke (12.5 points and 6.7 rebounds). Playing for seven teams throughout his nine season career, however, Cherokee did not have such encouraging numbers, both offensively and defensively, hence earning him his spot in the worst NBA players list.

1. Javaris Chrittenton

Javaris Crittenton’s career shouted controversial to say the least. After pleading guilty to manslaughter in 2015, he was sentenced to 23 years in prison with the convictions being:
- Voluntary manslaughter with a weapon
- Aggravated assault with a firearm

He had a career average of 5.3 points per game and 2.4 rebounds per game.

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