The National Basketball Association (NBA) has seen a plethora of talent grace its courts over the years. However, not all players have been able to make their mark in the league. In fact, some have earned the dubious distinction of being considered the worst players in NBA history. This blog post aims to shed light on who these players are and why they've earned this title.
The Worst NBA Player in 2022: Jalen Green
In 2022, the title of the worst NBA player was held by Jalen Green. Despite averaging 17.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game, Green had the lowest plus-minus in the season. His performance statistics were part of the reason he was considered the worst NBA player that year.
The All-Time Worst: Cherokee Parks
When it comes to the worst NBA player of all time, former Duke standout Cherokee Parks takes the cake. Parks was the 12th pick in the 1995 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. Despite his promising college career, Parks averaged only 4.4 points and 3.6 rebounds during his professional career. He ended his NBA journey as a member of the Golden State Warriors in 2003-04, averaging a mere 1.0 point in 12 games.
Several other players have also been recognized for their less-than-stellar performances in the NBA. Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, averaged just 4.4 points and 3.1 rebounds on 39% shooting in parts of four NBA seasons. Nikoloz Tskitishvili, the No. 5 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, averaged a paltry 3.2 points on 30% shooting in two seasons with Denver before being traded to the Golden State Warriors.
Adam Morrison, who was selected No. 3 overall in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats, averaged only 3.4 points per game in his final two NBA seasons. Brian Scalabrine, a second-round pick of the then-New Jersey Nets in 2001, averaged just 3.1 points and 2.0 rebounds while shooting 39% from the field during his career.
The Worst NBA Season
The 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats hold the record for the worst regular season in NBA history, with a winning percentage of just .106, translating to a dismal 7-59 record.
While these players may not have shone on the NBA courts, it's important to remember that making it to the NBA is an achievement in itself. These players might have struggled in the NBA, but many of them have found success in other leagues or roles within the sport. Despite their struggles, they remain a part of NBA history.