The 25 Biggest Foreign Busts in NBA Draft History

11. Yaroslav Korolev

CountryRussia
Drafted12th Overall, 2005
TeamClippers
Stats1.1 PPG 0.5 RPG 0.4 APG
Seasons Played: 2
The Clippers passed on David Lee and Danny Granger for Yaroslav Korolev based on the 18-year-old's potential. He looked like a superstar in Belgrade as a 17-year-old phenom tearing up the 2005 European Junior (U-18) Championships. Yaroslav had the ideal 6'9" frame to play small forward and superior ball-handling skills for his age. Mike Dunleavy Sr. and his staff figured they could develop him in hopes he would turn into another—wait for it—Dirk and/or Gasol. But they're the Clippers and it never happened. He's now in Euro leagues winning dunk contests and shit. 

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