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Boom Time
CHRIS MANNIX
October 08, 2012
The jury is still out on the five international players who were taken in the first round of the 2011 draft: Only two played in the U.S., and, thanks to the lockout, they were rushed into their rookie seasons. But chances are, most of the class will pan out. The number of overseas players taken in the first round who turned out to be busts* has declined drastically in recent years.
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October 08, 2012

Boom Time

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The jury is still out on the five international players who were taken in the first round of the 2011 draft: Only two played in the U.S., and, thanks to the lockout, they were rushed into their rookie seasons. But chances are, most of the class will pan out. The number of overseas players taken in the first round who turned out to be busts* has declined drastically in recent years.

BUSTS

DARKO MILICIC, BUST 2003

NONBUSTS

RICKY RUBIO, NONBUST 2009

*Defined as a player who never contributed at least two win shares in a single season or who averaged less than one win share per season (as calculated by basketball-reference.com). One pick from 2009 (Victor Claver) and one from 2006 (Joel Freeland) are planning to make their NBA debuts this year (both with Portland) and were not included in the data. All other picks are classified as busts or nonbusts.

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