Michael Beasley and the Curse of the #2 Overall Pick

I have been a staunch defender of Michael Beasely. Even after the multiple incidents he has had during his career, I have maintained that an athletic scorer will always find work in the NBA. But it seems that Micheal has found a way to wear his welcome out in the league. 

Earlier this week, Beasley was released by the Phoenix Suns after yet another arrest for marijuana possession.  He's been arrested 4 times since entering the NBA in 2008 for marijuana. At some point, his production or (lack there of) just isn't worth the headache.  Beasley, a former #2 overall pick in 2008, seems to be nearing the end of his career. I can imagine he's gonna get many more chances to redeem himself.

It got me to thinking...what is it with the #2 overall pick in the NBA draft.  Below I have listed every second pick since 2008:

2013 Victor Oladipo, Indiana – Orlando Magic

2012 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky – Charlotte Bobcats

2011 Derrick Williams, Arizona – Minnesota Timberwolves

2010 Evan Turner, Ohio State – Philadelphia 76ers

2009 Hasheem Thabeet, Connecticut – Memphis Grizzlies

2008 Michael Beasley, Kansas State – Miami HEAT

2007 Kevin Durant, Texas – Seattle Supersonics

2006 LaMarcus Aldridge, Texas – Chicago Bulls (Draft rights traded to Portland Trail Blazers)

2005 Marvin Williams, North Carolina – Atlanta Hawks

2004 Emeka Okafor, Connecticut – Charlotte Bobcats

2003 Darko Milicic, Serbia & Montenegro – Detroit Pistons

2002 Jay Williams, Duke – Chicago Bulls

2001 Tyson Chandler, Dominguez HS (Calif.) – L.A. Clippers (Draft rights traded to Chicago Bulls)

2000 Stromile Swift, LSU – Vancouver Grizzlies

 Of those 14 draft picks 2 of them are far too early in there career to judge (Oladipo and Kidd-Gilchrist). 3 of them have been All-Stars (Durant, Aldridge and Chandler). One had had a good career. Not great but certainly not busts (Okafor; you could argue Turner here). The other 8? I am comfortable labeling them busts. 8 of the last 14 #2 overall picks have been busts.

What is the cause of this? Don't really know. Some of it is poor luck (See Jayson Williams in 2002). Some of it just just terrible drafting (See 2003, 2005, 2009). But overall, drafting isn't a science. All of these guys were deemed top notch prospects at the least. And most of them haven't panned out. 

The moral of the story here is there are no sure things in the Draft. Especially at the second spot. All of the players presented enormous talent and potential when they were selected. This isn't truer for any player on this list than Michael Beasley.  Unfortunately, his character doesn't seem to match is on the court talent. Miami would kick themselves for that draft pick. But they've done ok for themselves. Hey, at least they didn't draft Marvin Williams over Chris Paul. That would be idiotic.