9. Nikoloz Tskitishvili
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After Dirk Nowitzki took the league by storm, NBA teams became obsessed with finding the next foreign superstar. There was a stretch where teams drafted international players even if there were no scouting reports for them. And the taller the player, the better. These factors contributed to the Denver Nuggets drafting Nikoloz Tskitishvili with the fifth pick of the 2002 NBA draft.
Tskitishvili stood 7-feet tall and was part of a champion team over in Italy. His accomplishments overseas far outweighed his success in the United States, which were few and far between. He hardly saw the court, averaging under four points in 143 total games. When you’re picking in the lottery of the draft, and in the fifth spot, this is not what you want out of a player.