6. Michael Olowokandi
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The “Kandi Man” came out of nowhere to be drafted with the first overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. From here on out, the remaining players on the list will be former first picks. When I say Michael Olowokandi came out of nowhere, that’s exactly how it went down. No one had Olowokandi as the first selection in mock drafts. All that was reported was the Clippers liked his height/size and saw him as a project that could be molded into a dominant player.
It didn’t help that the season Olowokandi was drafted was also when NBA players were in a lockout. We’ve already run down the many players who the Clippers could have had in the 1998 season, but it is another example of how brutal a misstep at the number one slot can be.