12. Jay Williams
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The former Duke University standout had one of the most promising careers of anybody on our list. Jay Williams helped Duke win the 2001 NCAA National Championship and was Player of the Year in 2002. There was no doubt that Williams would be a dominant force in the NBA. The Chicago Bulls had faith in Williams by selecting him second overall in the 2002 NBA draft. The sky was the limit for how his NBA career could go, until Williams decided to ride his motorcycle without a helmet and crashed.
This accident ended up derailing his promising NBA career. Williams was never the same player he was before his injuries, and the Bulls eventually waived him. It came out that Williams violated the terms of his contract by riding a motorcycle, which made things uneasy between him and the Bulls.
Williams has rebounded by becoming a very successful college basketball analysis for ESPN.