Top 10 Wrong First Picks in NBA Draft

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Jimmy Walker and Earl Monroe, 1967

Originally drafted by the Detroit Pistons, Jimmy Walker’s nine seasons in the NBA were just a little better than average. He made more noise during his college career at Providence College, where he was twice named to the NCAA All-America First Team. Walker found himself gaining weight toward the latter part of his career, turning his legacy into "what could have been." His two All-Star appearances were well-deserved, but when compared to the second pick of the '67 Draft, it's clear that the Pistons made a mistake. In fact, Walker, who died in 2007, was probably now better known as future NBA star Jalen Rose's absentee father.

Earl “The Pearl” Monroe was named NCAA College Division Player of the Year at Winston-Salem State, where he averaged 41.5 points per game his senior season — 34.4 points higher than what he averaged during his freshman year. Although he came from a Division II school, Monroe made a name for himself in the NBA as Rookie of the Year. He scored 56 points in a game during his rooke season and his exciting style of play underscored his appeal. After being traded in his fifth season to the Knicks, Monroe formed a formidable backcourt with Walt Frazier, who was taken in the same draft with the fifth pick. Though he suffered from knee injuries that eventually forced him to retire after 13 seasons, he won a championship with New York in 1973. The four-time All Star was majestic on the court and certainly would have been a worthy No. 1 pick.

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