While Serge Ibaka was setting up his teddy bear prop on Saturday night during the Slam Dunk contest, TNT replayed Gerald Green’s "Birthday Cake" dunk from 2008. "If he ever spent more time working on his jump shot than blowing out them candles, he could still be in the NBA," Charles Barkley said. This should have got viewers thinking: Where did Gerald Green go?

Would you believe Krasnie Krilya Samara in the Russian league? Green is just one of several former NBA players who failed to find success in jumping from high school straight to the pros. In honor of the Green clip and the rapidly approaching 10th anniversary of the 2001 Kwame Brown/Eddy Curry draft, here is the All-Prep-to-Pro Bust Team:

No. 5 Sebastian Telfair

Drafted 13th overall in 2004. Pro teams: Six, all in the NBA. Current team: Minnesota Timberwolves. In 2004, USA Today asked Telfair, "In 10 years, [you] will be where? Doing what?" His reply: "An all-star guard in the NBA.” Seven years later, Telfair can barely crack the 13-43 Timberwolves’ rotation. In three years, he’ll be lucky just to have a job in the NBA. During Telfair's senior season at Brooklyn's famed Lincoln High, sportswriter Ian O’Connor shadowed Telfair to write a biography, while director Jonathan Hock shot an award-winning documentary about the guard’s decision to bypass the NCAA (he committed to Louisville). Telfair was a teenage celebrity in a city that expected him to be even better than its last high school phenom, his cousin and mentor, Stephon Marbury. But Telfair quickly proved to be too short (6-0), too skinny (170 pounds) and too slow to be a starting NBA point guard, let alone an All-Star. He made a bigger splash off the court. While ticketing Telfair for speeding, New York police found him to be driving under a suspended Florida license plate. After examining his car further, a loaded .45 caliber handgun was found under the passenger seat. Telfair denied any knowledge of the weapon, but was still given three years probation and a three-game NBA suspension. Career NBA averages: 7.9 points, 3.8 assists, 1.6 rebounds.

No. 4 Gerald Green

Drafted 18th overall in 2005. Pro teams: Four in the NBA, two in the D-League, two in Europe, currently with Krasnie Krilya Samara in Russia. Green and his agent decided to only give individual workouts to the teams with the top six picks. In a draft class that included Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Andrew Bogut and Raymond Felton, Green dropped all the way down to 18th, where the Celtics gambled on him mainly off reputation. In January of his rookie season, Green was demoted to the D-League’s Fayetteville Patriots for one month. After one week back in Boston, the Celtics sent Green to the Florida Flame of the D-League, where Green spent another week. Green returned to Boston for the season’s final two months, finishing with averages of 5.2 points and 1.2 rebounds in 32 NBA games. Green saw a light in his sophomore season, averaging 10.4 points, and beating defending champion Nate Robinson and future champ Dwight Howard to win the Slam Dunk contest. He jumped over Robinson and threw down a windmill dunk over a table. Green was runner-up the next season after his infamous “The Birthday Cake” in which he blew out a candle on the rim while dunking. Dealt to Minnesota in the Kevin Garnett trade, Green couldn’t find his way off the bench and had his agent demand a trade. Green played one game for Houston and finished the season in Dallas before jumping to Europe. Career NBA averages: 7.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 0.8 assists.

No. 3 Jonathan Bender

Drafted fifth overall in 1999. NBA teams: Two, now retired. At the 1999 McDonald’s All-American Game, Bender scored 31 points to break Michael Jordan's record of 30, set in 1981. Bender was one of the most hyped prospects of all-time because of his versatility -- a 7-footer who could shoot, drive, and post-up. Larry Bird, Donnie Walsh and the Pacers took him over Richard Hamilton, Andre Miller and Shawn Marion. Bender played 13 minutes in his NBA debut and scored 10 points, becoming the first high school draftee ever to post double digits in his opening game. But Bender played in only 24 games in his rookie season, averaging 2.7 points. After a weak second season, heshowed enough promise in his third to received a four-year $28.5 million extension. From there, Bender’s career rolled straight downhill. A right knee injury limited him to 46, 21, seven and two games, respectively, in the next four seasons. To Bender’s credit, even after reeling in over $37 million in seven seasons, the forward/center spent the next three years in gyms and weight rooms, attempting to rediscover his game. Last season, Walsh, now with the Knicks, signed Bender to a one-year contract, capping off a miraculous comeback. He averaged 4.7 points in 25 games, but his knee injury would once again foil his career. Bender made his final retirement this past summer. Career NBA averages: 5.5 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.8 blocks.

No. 2 Kwame Brown

Draft first overall in 2001. NBA teams: Five, currently with Charlotte. In 2008, Stephen A. Smith’s described Kwame Brown as a bona fide scrub. Simply put, there is no other way to describe his train wreck of a career. Brown told Wizards coach Doug Collins at a pre-draft workout, "If you draft me, you’ll never regret it." Jordan came out of retirement to play with Brown, and Washington basketball seemed to be resurrected. Brown started off with two average seasons for a prep-to-pro baller and then in 2003-04 averaged a respectable 10.9 points and 7.4 rebounds. The Wizards offered Brown a five-year $30 million contract, but he opted for free agency. Brown did not receive any higher offers and was forced to play for his $5.3 million option that the Wizards picked up in 2004-05. Brown, injured most of the season, was consistently booed. Before a home playoff game, Gilbert Arenas appeared on the Verizon Center’s video screen to instruct fans not to boo Brown. Brown played four minutes that game and fans did not boo. But Brown then abandoned the team’s postseason practices and claiming that he would punch out Arenas if the two were in the same building together. The Wizards suspended Brown for the rest of the playoffs and traded him the Lakers for Caron Butler. When the Lakers came to D.C. that winter, Washington fans booed Brown each time he touched the ball. Brown was also hit in the head with a pass from teammate Sasha Vujacic while not looking, prompting cheers. And yes, Doug Collins does regret that pick. Career NBA averages: 6.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.6 blocks.

No. 1 Eddy Curry

Drafted fourth overall in 2001. NBA teams: Three, currently with Minnesota. Curry claims to have dreamed of becoming a gymnast as a young child. The Bulls tried to pace Curry at the start of his career but he averaged 6.7 points in just 16 minutes of playing time, as a rookie and increased his clip to 10.5 points in 19.4 minutes in his second season. Curry’s playing time grew to nearly 30 minutes a game in the next two seasons, leading to scoring averages of 14.7 and 16.1. But that fourth season, 2004-05, ended in chaos when he was hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat and refused to submit a DNA test to help investigate the issue. Curry then had three decent seasons for the Knicks (scoring 13.6, 19.5 and 13.2) but it wasn't nearly worth what it cost them in draft picks. In 2008, he showed up noticeably out of shape for training camp -- well above 300 pounds -- which would be a tremendous liability in new coach Mike D’Antoni's fast-paced system. Curry compounded problems by hurting his knee, and between this injury and his weight issue, he has played just 10 games the start of the 2008-09 season. Curry will be a free agent this summer and should draw interest from teams needing a heavyset, slow, uncoordinated, washed-out center. Career NBA averages: 13.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 0.8 blocks

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Bench:
G Shaun Livingston (fourth overall, 2004)
F Darius Miles (third overall, 2000)
C DeSagana Diop (eighth overall, 2001)
C Robert Swift (12th overall, 2004)
G/F Martell Webster (sixth overall, 2005)
F Dorell Wright (19th overall, 2004)
F LeBron James (first overall, 2003: Didn't he promise to bring a championship to Cleveland? Bust.)

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Michael Vick became one of the most polarizing and fascinating stories of the 2010 NFL season the moment Eagles coach Andy Reid decided to permanently bench Kevin Kolb. Even in the off-season, the buzz only figures to increase with Vick's canceling his scheduled appearance with Oprah Winfrey and the Eagles' decision to place the franchise tag on him.

But behind all the debate and hyperbole, his stats told a historically unique story. In 12 games, Vick threw for 3,018 yards while rushing for 676 yards. How many men, other than Vick, have ever thrown for 3,000 yards and ran for 600 yards in the same season? Three. Here they are:

No. 3 Daunte Culpepper

In 2002, Culpepper threw for 3,853 yards and ran for 609 yards. His 28 total touchdowns (18 passing, 10 rushing) couldn’t hide his deficiencies, though. Culpepper threw 23 interceptions and posted a 75.3 quarterback rating. Although Minnesota led the NFL in rushing, the Vikings went 6-10 under head coach Mike Tice. Culpepper put up gaudier numbers in 2004 (4,717 yards, 39 TDs, 11 picks), but he never again came close to being as much of a dual threat as he was in '02.

No. 2 Donovan McNabb

In his second season out of Syracuse in 2000, McNabb became the full-time starting quarterback of the Eagles. McNabb threw for 3,365 yards and rushed for 629. He accounted for 27 combined TDs (against 13 interceptions) and led the Eagles to an 11-5 record and a second-place finish in the NFC East. McNabb wasn’t at his career-best in 2000 -- he would complete a higher percentage of his passes while throwing fewer interceptions in six future seasons -- but he may have been at his most dangerous.

No. 1 Randall Cunningham

Cunningham didn’t throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 600 just once. He did it in three consecutive seasons for the Eagles from 1988-'90. (Is there something about dual-threat QBs in Philly?) Cunningham’s best effort? In 1990, he threw for 3,466 yards and 30 TDs and rushed for 942 yards and five TDs. Cunningham and the Eagles made the playoffs in all three seasons but never made it past the divisional round. McNabb has won more playoff games (nine) than all the others on this list combined.

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When Tiger Woods’ latest reign as the world’s No. 1 golfer ended in 2010, there was no shortage of contenders for the honor -- from old names like Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood (the new No. 1) to youngsters like Martin Kaymer. But one of the more surprising subplots was the disappearance of a golfer who wasn’t in position to overtake him: old nemesis Vijay Singh.

Singh, who turns 48 on Feb. 22, isn’t used to being an afterthought. Many forget that it was Singh, not Mickelson, who rose to the peak of the golf rankings the last time Tiger was struggling with his game. Singh held the top spot for three different stints totaling 32 weeks in the middle of the decade before Tiger reclaimed control for good in June 2005.

Yet the big Fijian wasn’t in the conversation this time. Not even close. He has fallen all the way to No. 88 in the rankings, coming off a season in which he recorded just two top 10s and needed a special exemption just to qualify for the U.S. Open. The golfer who holds the PGA Tour record with 22 wins after his 40th birthday hasn’t hoisted a trophy since capturing the first two events of the FedEx Cup playoffs in 2008.

Singh proved there was life after 40 for top professional golfers. But his balky back and unreliable putter have brought his career to a crossroads. Can Singh still be a factor a couple of years before he hits the half-century mark? Or should he be counting down the days until he can tee it up on the Champions Tour?

Luckily for Singh, there is precedent for a resurgence at his age. Here are the five golfers who had the most PGA Tour success after they turned 48. (Apologies to Ray Floyd, whose win at Doral and second-place Masters finish at age 50 were just short of making the cut, and Tom Watson, for his amazing and unforgettable performance at the 2009 British Open.)

No. 5 Jay Haas

Haas is a particularly interesting case. His ninth and final PGA Tour win came in 1993, when he was 39. From 2000-2002, he had only three top 10 finishes and never placed higher than 92nd on the money list. Then, just when it looked like Haas was biding his time until the Champions Tour, he broke out with two runner-up finishes and earned over $2.5 million in 2003, giving him his highest money list spot in 21 years. The soon-to-be-50 year old also qualified for the Presidents’ Cup at the end of the year, winning his singles match and helping the U.S. side retain the Cup. Haas also made more than $2 million in 2004 and was one of the top 20 golfers in the world before slowly transitioning to full-time status on the tour with the rest of the 50-and-over crowd.

No. 4 Fred Funk

The former Maryland golf coach’s career might be even more unusual. His first full season on the PGA Tour wasn’t until he was 33, but he’s more than made up for the lost time. Funk is far from the longest hitter, but his accuracy off the tee and superb iron play allowed his game to peak after he turned 48. He won the biggest tournament of his career, the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, one year before he was eligible to join the Champions Tour. He also captured two other less prestigious events -- the 2004 Southern Farm Bureau Classic and 2007 Mayakoba Golf Classic, at which he prevailed in a playoff. Funk seems to be finally slowing down and playing almost full-time with his fellow seniors, but write him off at your own risk. His story doesn’t seem to be over, if this year’s performance at the Players Championship (tied for 15th, five strokes off the lead after three rounds) is any indication.

No. 3 Julius Boros

The fact that the oldest major winner in history pops up at No. 3 speaks to how strong the next two on this list are, but Boros was remarkable as he aged. The then-48-year-old lurked on the fringes of contention for the first three rounds of the 1968 PGA Championship before shooting a 69 -- the second-best round of the day -- on Sunday to overcome a two-stroke deficit. That victory denied Arnold Palmer, who tied for second, a chance to win the only major that eluded him during his career. Later that year, Boros won his 18th and final PGA Tour event at the Westchester Classic, which had the biggest purse on Tour at the time. He later lost to Gene Littler in a playoff at the 1975 Westchester Classic, narrowly missing a chance to be the oldest tournament winner as well. Two years before that, he had been in the mix during the third round of the U.S. Open.

No. 2 Kenny Perry

With a torn ACL sidelining Tiger for the second half of 2008, it’s reasonable to suggest that Kenny Perry might’ve been the top golfer in the world for about five months. During an stretch of eight tournaments right before he turned 48, Perry picked up three wins, a loss in a playoff, and two sixth-place finishes. Then he realized his dream by leading the U.S. Ryder Cup team to victory in his home state of Kentucky that September. Perry’s success continued the following year, including two more wins -- at the FBR Open and Travelers Championship. He also famously squandered a two-shot lead with two holes to play at the Masters, falling in a three-man playoff and coming up just short of displacing Boros as the oldest golfer to win a major. Perry still managed to finish fifth on the money list for the second straight year.

No. 1 Sam Snead

The man who has won more PGA Tour events is also the oldest tournament champion. His triumph in the 1965 Greensboro Open -- less than two months shy of his 53rd birthday -- gave him victory No. 82 (eight of which came in Greensboro alone) and helped him finish in the top 25 on the money list. Snead collected three other titles after age 48, but his accomplishments after he stopped winning are even more impressive. Fueled by a third-place finish at the PGA Championship, he was one of the top 50 earners in 1974 -- as a 62-year-old. He made the cut at the 1979 PGA Championship, the oldest golfer ever to play the weekend at a major. And Snead fired rounds of 67 and 66 during the 1979 Quad Cities Open, making him the first and youngest PGA Tour golfer to shoot his age (67). There’ll never be another one like Slammin’ Sam.

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Today’s golfers are working out off the course more than they ever have, and Singh is known as the sport’s most tireless worker. If Singh stays healthy and makes his 4- to 8-footers, there’s reason to think that he’ll revisit the winner’s circle and maybe someday crack this list.

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