NBA Draft Busts: Juan Dixon
Juan Dixon played his college basketball at the University of Maryland where he racked up a ton of personal awards. Dixon was first team All-ACC in 2000, 2001, and 2002. Dixon was also named ACC Player of the Year and Athlete of the Year in 2002. That same year, Dixon was a Consensus first team All-American and led the Terrapins past Jared Jeffries and the Indiana Hoosiers to win the NCAA Championship. Dixon passed Len Bias as Maryland’s all-time leading scorer in 2002 and finished his career as the only player in NCAA history to accumulate 2,000 points, 300 steals, and 200 three-pointers. The 6 foot 3 inch 165 lb shooting guard was drafted 17th overall in the 2002 NBA Draft by the hometown Washington Wizards. He played 3 seasons for the Wizards, which included a career-high 35 points in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, before signing with the Portland Trail Blazers in 2005. Dixon was traded midway through his second season with the Blazers to the Toronto Raptors. Again, Dixon was traded midway through the 2007 – 2008 season with the Raptors to the Detroit Pistons. Dixon played in only 17 games for the Pistons before being signed as a free agent by the Wizards, the team that drafted him. NBA teams lost interest in Dixon and he decided to play professionally overseas. In 2009, he signed with Aris Thessaloniki of the Greek League. The next season, Dixon joined Unicaja Malaga in Spain. Dixon currently plays professionally in Turkey with Bandirma Banvit.