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The 10 Worst NBA Players of all time

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2013 NBA Draft
2013 NBA Draft

Not every player who sticks in the NBA after their first training camp is on a path towards stardom. There are players that hang on for just a cup of coffee and others who manage to endure their own poor play along the way to a slow, but reassuringly lengthy career of mediocrity (we're looking at you, Brian Scalabrine).

In some cases, these players have been acquired through a high draft pick or signed to a lucrative contract, making their continued survival a product of the big investment placed on them (though not everyone is as lucky as Kwame Brown). In other cases, they are very good at being large humans, which is a skill that can't be taught (Kwame was good at that, we have to admit).

Any basketball player who manages to make it through to the world's top basketball league merits a pretty significant level of respect, but just as there are all-time great NBA players, there are all-time bad ones. Rather than focusing on the short lifespan players, this list zeroes in on those who managed to continually detriment their own team while somehow finding continued employment (Michael Olowakandi averaged a double-double once, or nearly did, and therefore he isn't part of this list).

Read on, without further ado, to find a definitive list of the 10 worst players, possibly ever, to play in the NBA.


#10 Mark Madsen

Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns
Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

We have to give credit where credit is due: Mark "Mad Dog" Madsen translated whatever little natural basketball ability he had into a productive nine-year career that even included titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in his first two seasons.

But Madsen never averaged as many as four points or rebounds, despite playing over 450 games and even starting 70, not to mention appearing in 49 playoff games.

Madsen is probably best-remembered for some cringe-worthy moments in the Lakers' victory parades during the Shaq and Kobe times, chiefly in the 2001 rally when he danced along to Shaquille O'Neal's rap on stage.

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