We ranked our top 15 Celtics draft picks since 1978 in a photo gallery feature now posted on ESPNBoston.com, so it’s only appropriate to complement it with our top 5 busts:
5. Ron Mercer (1997) -- Like classmate Chauncey Billups, Mercer -- the sixth overall pick -- never got much of a chance to develop in Boston. And he averaged a respectable 15.9 points per game over 121 games here in two seasons, but was dealt to the Nuggets with Popeye Jones and Dwayne Schintzius for the forgettable collection of Danny Fortson, Eric Washington, Eric Williams and a 2001 first-round draft pick (Kedrick Brown, who we’ll get to shortly).
4. Eric Montross (1994) -- The ninth overall pick, Montross actually had a decent rookie season. He averaged 10 points and 7.3 rebounds per game and he even played in the Rookie All-Star game. His production fell off a cliff the next season, but here’s the silver lining: Boston dealt him with a 1996 first-round pick (Samaki Walker) to the Mavericks for picks that landed Antoine Walker and Ron Mercer (still not enough to keep him from the bust pile).
3. Jerome Moiso (2000) -- The photo of Moiso on his Basketball Reference page simply foreshadowed the future (HERE. You can sorta see shades of Kevin Garnett in his No. 5 jersey, but Moiso appeared in just 24 games for Boston before being dealt to Philadelphia for Roshown McLeod and a pick (Dahntay Jones).
2. Kedrick Brown (2001) -- The Celtics wasted, err utilized, the 11th overall pick to land Brown out of the not-so NBA factory Okaloosa-Walton Community College. He spent two-plus forgettable seasons here. Most of us are still waiting for the draft-night swap that was supposed to send him to Portland.
1. Joseph Forte (2001) -- Capping an absolutely dreadful draft, the Celtics reportedly appeased Red Auerbach by taking Forte, who is better remembered for wearing Scooby Doo sweaters on the bench while appearing in just eight games for the Celtics before being traded in the summer of 2002. Tony Parker was among the players Boston passed on in this spot.