The 25 Worst Foreign Players in NBA History

9. Yaroslav Korolev

Stats: 1.1 PPG 0.5 RPG 0.4 APG
Teams: Clippers
Career: (2006-2007)
Country: Russia

At 18, Korolev looked like a sure thing...to the Clippers. The budding NBA franchise took him with the 12th pick of the 2005 Draft, passing on 50 guys that are still in uniform, most notably Danny Granger and David Lee. Shit even Jarrett Jack would've been a smarter pick. He was considered a phenom in Belgrade when he was putting in work in the 2005 European Junior (U-18) Championships. Clipper head coach Mike Dunleavy thought he could groom the youngster into another Dirk or Pau Gasol. Um, it didn't work. Korolev lasted two sad seasons. He's been bouncing around Europe ever since.

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