Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony (00) likely to retire without no ring. Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony will very likely retire from the NBA without a championship ring, but he thinks that things would have been much different if the Detroit Pistons had not passed on him back in 2003.

During an Instagram Live session on Friday with fellow Banana Boat brother Dwyane Wade, the Portland Trail Blazers forward said that he would have had multiple rings had he been drafted by Detroit.

“I don’t know what I would’ve been if I would’ve went to Detroit,” said Anthony. “I know I would’ve had maybe two or three rings.”

Though the ten-time All-Star Anthony had just led Syracuse to the national title at the time, the Pistons selected Serbian center Darko Milicic with the No. 2 overall choice instead in an all-time great draft whiff. Anthony then went to the Denver Nuggets with the very next selection.

It is unclear how Anthony would have fit in with that superstar-less Pistons team that went on to win the NBA championship in 2004. Defensive stopper Tayshaun Prince, a crucial part of the team’s essence, was already entrenched at small forward, and Larry Brown, who was of the no-nonsense style Anthony never seemed to mesh with, was their coach. Then again, had Anthony been around that culture of selflessness and discipline from the very start of his career at age 19, his player arc probably would have looked a lot different.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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An asterisk (*) indicates that the player's rights were traded on draft night. 

2019 / NYK
RJ Barrett
2018 / ATL*
Luka Doncic
2017 / BOS
Jayson Tatum
2016 / BOS
Jaylen Brown
2015 / PHI
Jahlil Okafor
2014 / PHI
Joel Embiid
2013 / WAS
Otto Porter
2012 / WAS
Bradley Beal
2011 / UTAH
Enes Kanter
2010 / NJ
Derrick Favors
2009 / OKC
James Harden
2008 / MIN*
O.J. Mayo
2007 / ATL
Al Horford
2006 / CHB
Adam Morrison
2005 / UTAH
Deron Williams
2004 / CHI
Ben Gordon
2003 / DEN
Carmelo Anthony
2002 / GSW
Mike Dunleavy
2001 / MEM
Pau Gasol
2000 / LAC
Darius Miles
1999 / NOH
Baron Davis
1998 / DEN
Raef LaFrentz
1997 / BOS
Chauncey Billups
1996 / VAN
Shareef Abdur-Rahim
1995 / PHI
Jerry Stackhouse
1994 / DET
Grant Hill
1993 / GSW*
Anfernee Hardaway
1992 / MIN
Christian Laettner
1991 / SAC
Billy Owens
1990 / DEN
Chris Jackson
1989 / SA
Sean Elliott
1988 / PHI*
Charles Smith
1987 / NJ
Dennis Hopson
1986 / GSW
Chris Washburn
1985 / LAC
Benoit Benjamin

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