4. Jarrett Culver
When making a draft pick in the lottery, there is statistically a great chance of landing an elite prospect that will develop into a reliable long-term starter and potentially even a cornerstone for your team. Such was the case when the Minnesota Timberwolves made the right choice in drafting Anthony Edwards in 2020.
But for every hit, there is always going to be a miss or two as well. Jarrett Culver unfortunately falls squarely into the category of a miss. Some lottery picks will fail for a multitude of reasons. It could be that they were not put in a position to succeed, or they may have dealt with a nagging injury that prevented them from progressing athletically.
For Culver, it simply appeared that he was unready to handle the responsibility that comes with stepping on an NBA floor. The Timberwolves showed their belief in him from day one, affording him 24 minutes per game and starting him in 35 games as a rookie.
The sixth overall pick of the 2019 draft had plenty of opportunity, but he was unable to capitalize on it. After two seasons and 97 games, Culver had failed to find his footing and it was sadly already the beginning of the end for his NBA career.
His unfortunate flop easily makes him one of the worst players to start next to Karl-Anthony Towns.