On today’s All
About 18 edition, we take a closer look at the Boston Celtics’s deep big
man pool featuring the recently acquired Darko Milicic and Jason Collins and
the returning Chris Wilcox.
Of the three, Milicic may be the most maligned for having
been famously (or notoriously) drafted second overall by Detroit in 2003 behind LeBron
James and ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh – and being the
least accomplished of that quintet. Although
he owns a championship ring from his run with the ’04 Pistons, his on-court
exploits have so far been subpar. In
nine campaigns with five NBA teams, the 7’0”, 275-lb. Darko registered averages
of only 6.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. The good news, though, is that the
27-year-old is on the upswing – having submitted career-bests (8.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg
and 2.0 bpg) with Minnesota in 2010-11 – just prior to last year’s lockout-shortened
campaign (when he fell out of favor with Wolves...