Markelle Fultz Needs to Worry About NBA Draft History, Not Instagram

Markelle Fultz's NBA career began with some embarrassment when the No. 1 draft pick for 2017 released an Instagram post prematurely thanking whichever team he was drafted to.

That turned out to be the perpetually rebuilding Philadelphia 76ers. While Fultz will hope and expect to be the key piece of the 76ers' assault on the Eastern Conference in the next few seasons, he would do well to remember the many top picks who didn't work out. Here is a list of some of the more disastrous selections.

Greg Oden, 2007

Seven-foot center Oden was drafted first overall by the Portland Trail Blazers seven years ago. Severely hampered by injuries, Oden played only 105 games in the NBA over three seasons, averaging eight points per game. He was last seen professionally in 2015-16, playing for Jiangsu Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Kwame Brown, 2001

Brown, the first No. 1 pick to be selected straight out of high school, reached a career high in 2003-04 with the Washington Wizards when he averaged 10.9 points per game. The power forward bounced around the league, playing for six more teams before finishing his NBA career with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2013.

Joe Smith, 1995

Smith, a power forward, was named to the NBA's All-Rookie Team in 1995 with the Golden State Warriors. That was as good as it got as he bounced around the league, playing for 12 different teams and averaging 10.9 points per game.

Pervis Ellison, 1989

Ellison, an outstanding college player at the University of Louisville, could never translate that early success into a consistent professional career. Drafted first overall by the Sacramento Kings, he did win the NBA's Most Improved Player award in 1992 but then suffered knee and toe problems. The center averaged 9.5 points per game through a stop-start NBA career, retiring with the Seattle SuperSonics in 2000.

Mark Workman, 1952

Workman, the first overall pick in the 1952 draft, played just five games for the Milwaukee Hawks before short stints with the Philadelphia Warriors and Baltimore Bullets. He played 79 games in the NBA, averaging 4.9 points per game.