15. Sebastian Telfair
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There was a trend in the mid-1990s through 2000s of highly skilled basketball players skipping college and heading directly into the NBA. We all know the success stories of Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, and LeBron James, but there was a plethora of players who failed at the transition. We’ll even get to a few of them on this list. But first, let’s begin with New York’s own, Sebastian Telfair.
Telfair is the cousin of former NBA player Stephon Marbury. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Telfair became a playground legend and one of the most overly-hyped high school recruits in the nation. Deciding to skip college, Telfair entered his name into the NBA Draft of 2004. He was selected 13th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers. The 6-foot guard would end up bouncing around the league, playing for a total of eight teams. Telfair will go down in the record books as being a part of the trade that brought Garnett from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Boston Celtics. Garnett would go on to help bring Boston an NBA championship.