“For some reason, the youngest NBA champion Darko Milicic was chosen instead of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony”: why the Pistons chose a foreign NBA star, and not a future member of the NBA Hall of Fame

Darko Milicic entered the famous 2003 NBA Draft and somehow was selected ahead of Dwyane Wade and ended up becoming the youngest ever NBA champion.

The 2003 draft is known as one of the best draft classes of all time. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Cheers Bosh were all available in the draft and were expected to be top picks.

However, Milicic decided to ruin the party. The Detroit Pistons had the second overall pick and everyone expected them to pick Wade or Carmelo, but they made arguably the most unexpected pick in the draft.

We took a relatively unknown European avenue and were satisfied with our choice. Of course, everyone knew the Cavs would pick LeBron James with the first overall pick, but no one thought Detroit would pick Milicic second.

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Darko Milicic is the youngest NBA champion?

So why did the Pistons make such a stunning choice? Actually it depends on many factors. He had a wide range of skills for a 7ft player and could use his body and size very well while still being mobile. Milicic was considered the next Dirk Nowitzki.

He handled the ball well, could drive hard to the paint, finish in traffic and pass the ball effectively. He would have been a real offensive unicorn, and in the early 2000s he was a nightmare for defenders.

A journalist eager to make a name for himself covered Darko’s play and compared him to Hakim Olajuwon, Dirk Nowitzki and Pau Gasol. It was written on the wall that the Pistons would pick him up, but so far there has been no conclusive evidence that his skills could be applied to the NBA.

Milicic was drafted to the championship-fighting Detroit team that actually won the title in 2004 by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers. Milicic then became the youngest NBA champion in history, winning the title at just 18 years old. However, he essentially played no part in the Pistons’ title run.

During his career, Milicic averaged 6 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game and 0.9 assists per game. He played a few decent years with the Timberwolves, Magic, and Grizzlies, but for the second overall pick, he never lived up to his name.

When you consider that such absolute stallions as Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were chosen behind him, the choice becomes even more doubtful.

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