Dallas Mavericks all-time draft bust starting power forward: Randy White
White was the eighth overall pick in the 1989 draft, and arguably the biggest Mavericks draft bust in history. The 6’8 forward was drafted to be the team’s answer inside, but he topped out as a role player. He never played more than 24.1 minutes per game for an entire season, and he failed to average double-digit points in any year.
White played in 281 NBA games, which all came with the Mavericks before having a successful career overseas. He was a FIBA Euro-Star in 1996 before retiring in 1999. White averaged 7.4 points and 4.9 rebounds in 19.2 minutes per game during his time in Dallas where he never lived up to the hype of being the eighth overall selection.
Tim Hardaway Sr., Shawn Kemp, Mookie Blaylock, Nick Anderson, Dana Barros, B.J. Armstrong, and Vlade Divac were all drafted behind White in the first round in 1989.
The Mavericks reached the playoffs in their rookie year before going on a ten-year postseason drought. One of the reasons was missing on this pick. Had Dallas taken an All-Star, the course of their franchise would have changed dramatically.
Randy White may headline the list of draft busts for the Dallas Mavericks, but he did have success in Europe, which helped him play a decade of professional basketball.