9. Romeo Langford (2019: Round 1, Pick 14)
Mr. Basketball in the state of Indiana in 2018, Langford was a highly-touted recruit who chose to play for Archie Miller at Indiana. Considered one of the top prospects in the country, Langford spent just his freshman season playing college ball but made a significant impact with the Hoosiers. He averaged 16.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game with decent shooting numbers, earning him Second Team All-Big Ten honors.
Langford ended up getting taken in the middle of the first round by the Boston Celtics, but the first four years of his NBA career haven’t exactly gone as expected. This once Top 5 national recruit averaged less than 4 points per game in 94 games with the Celtics across three seasons. Langford has carved a more important role this season with the San Antonio Spurs, though he’s averaging just 7.1 points and 2.8 rebounds a game, now in his fourth season in the league.
Four years might be too early to call Langford a true bust, but it’s clear that the Celtics didn’t get what they expected out of him before trading him to San Antonio. Langford is still only 23 years old, but clearly was not producing at the level that Boston expected, thus he certainly fits the bust category. He could still have a long and productive career, but it’s hard to argue against those dismal numbers to date.