The 25 Best NBA Careers Ruined by Injury

17. Danny Manning

Career years: 1988-2003
Career stats
: 14.0 PPG 5.2 RPG 2.3 APG 1.1 SPG 0.9 BPG
Teams: Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks, Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons

When you're drafted No. 1 overall a ton of pressure is put on you to perform and be the face of a franchise. Danny Manning faced just that after being taken first by the L.A. Clippers. He suffered a torn ACL his rookie season that had him miss most of the year, and later had more knee surgeries to fix nagging injuries as he grew into a potential star in the league.

Despite managing a few good seasons from '92-'94, Manning never was able to play more than 20 games in one season for the rest of his nine years. Had he never had the injuries, many projected him to be a star in the league and a household name.

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