30 Day Baseball Card Challenge

Monday, July 26, 2010

Sports Card Bust #20: Shelden Williams

Well it's been a few weeks since my last Sports Card Bust post... and since then one of my "busts" has been signed by a new team via free agency. The Denver Nuggets recently signed Shelden Williams to a one year contract to help back up Kenyon Martin and Chris Anderson, who are both coming back from knee surgeries.

Williams was drafted
5th overall in the 2006 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks, ahead of Brandon Roy and Rudy Gay. Since then, he's also played for the Kings, Timberwolves, and the Celtics. It's debatable, but it looks like his best season was his rookie year when he averaged just under 19 minutes per game, 5.5 ppg, and 5.4 rpg.

Some may argue that it's too early to call him a bust, but in my mind he was the 5th pick overall and he hasn't produced very much. Maybe, he'll turn his career around playing under Coach Karl. If not... I'd call him a Sports Card Bust.

Then again... at least this guy is still playing in the NBA. Shawne Williams who was drafted by the Indiana Pacers with the 17th pick in the same draft was recently charged with driving under a suspended license.

Which brings the question... which is the bigger bust? On one hand, Shawne is out of the NBA and Shelden is still playing. But on the flip side, Shawne wasn't a top 5 draft choice and Shelden was. It's these kind of questions that made C+C Music Factory create songs like, "Things That Make You Go Hmmmm".


  1. I'd give Sheldon one more year before you call him an official bust. I can't imagine he'll be playing for another team next year if the Denver doesn't work out for him.

    Either way, it's a nice card.

  2. Yeah... it might be a little premature to call him a bust. However, he'll have to start getting more minutes and putting up more points, which is possible if the Nuggets frontline can't stay healthy. I guess time will tell.

    In the meantime... he's a fixture in my bust pc.

  3. After watching him play for the Celtics, I noticed something about halfway through the season.

    I'm not trying to pick on him, but his head seems way to small compared to the rest of his body. I know, it's random. But I just had to mention it.