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Draft night, 2009. I wrote this after the Mavericks selected Byron Mullens with the 24th overall pick:
“And there goes B.J. Mullens. That’s twice tonight a team has probably done the Thunder a huge favor of taking a big man bust, preventing OKC from even having to think about him. So now we’re back on the clock. I’ll put my vote in for DeJuan Blair, Sam. I know you’re following along. And I know you care what I think.”
And then the Thunder picked Rodrigue Beaubois, only to trade him to Dallas for Mullens about 10 seconds later. A reader emailed me right after it with the joke, “Hi Mullens, I’m the Gatorade jug — enjoying the game?” Nailed it, pretty much.
Mullens spent two seasons with the Thunder. Or actually, spent about half a season with the Thunder and the rest of it in Tulsa or on I-44 driving back and forth. He only played a total of 26 games for Oklahoma City tallying just 39 total points. NBA 2K12 even has him rated as the worst player in this year’s game. It’s hard to say a player picked 25th overall is a bust, but Mullens was certainly appearing to be a wasted pick. Keep Reading…