Originally written on Celtics Life  |  Last updated 10/19/14
Darko Milicic should have never be drafted with the second pick in 2003 NBA draft. You already know the story so I will save you the time to read it over again. The fact is that he should have never been part of that first round or maybe even of the whole draft itself. Maybe one year later or maybe just not drafted at all would have been much better for all, Milicic included. At age 18, Darko was a completely raw project that should have stayed in Europe, learnt and experienced the rigors of competition in FIBA basketball before crossing the ocean.Blame players as Pau Gasol and Dirk Nowitzki for the Milicic failure. Memphis and Dallas took a huge gamble in 1998 and 2001 respectively when they selected both big men in the draft. Gasol had played two years before in EBA Spanish basketball, something similar to fourth division and Nowitzki also wasn't part of any big team in the German league. A year before the draft, a skinny Gasol had huge success playing for FC Barcelona in ACB ...
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