The 25 Biggest Foreign Busts in NBA Draft History

22. Vitaly Potapenko

CountryUkraine
Drafted12th Overall, 1996
TeamCavaliers
Stats6.5 PPG 4.5 RPG 0.7 APG 0.3 BPG
Seasons Played: 11
In 1996, the Cavs had a gaping hole in the middle and chose to fill it with Ukrainian big man Potapenko. He was a solid player in the league over his career, but what must kill Cavs fans to this day are the three players taken immediately after him: Kobe Bryant, Peja Stojakovic, and Steve Nash. They also passed on Jermaine O’Neal and Derek Fisher. Luckily for them they got Big Z at 20. When you’re a city that struggles as regularly as Cleveland, one for two on draft picks is cause for a parade. 

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