9. T.J. Ford
Not many point guards have become Bucks with the kind of expectation that T.J. Ford had to shoulder upon being selected as the eighth overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft.
Having left college as the Naismith Player of the Year, many predicted Ford to kick on and thrive in the NBA thanks to the incredible vision that had made him a star at every level he had played the game up until that point.
A solid rookie season would see Ford named to the league’s All-Rookie Second Team, but it came at a cost. A spinal injury suffered towards the end of that year would lead to Ford missing the entirety of what should have been his sophomore year. Although he did return to play well in the following year, the Bucks had moved on with the wind already effectively taken out of Ford’s sails.
For his time as a Buck, Ford averaged 10 points, 6.5 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals. He would go on to have a solid career elsewhere, but ultimately ended up retiring early having failed to reach his potential.
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