3. Pervis Ellison
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We’re getting to the tragic portion of our list. Pervis Ellison was an outstanding player for the Louisville Cardinals, helping to lead the team a national championship during his freshman season. The Sacramento Kings must have felt they had a safe choice in Ellison when they took him first overall in the NBA draft. After having the nickname “Never Nervous Pervis,” Ellison gained a new nickname in the NBA: “Out of Service Pervis.” He missed 48 of 82 games his rookie season, prompting the Kings to trade him after only one year. The injury bug followed Ellison the rest of his career. Another sad tale of great potential squashed by injuries.