Richard Hamilton talks about ‘what if’ the Detroit Pistons drafted Carmelo Anthony

With the No. 2 pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons selected Darko Milicic. At the time, LeBron James was the clear-cut No. 1 prospect but there was a plethora of debate as to who the Pistons should select at No. 2, Milicic or Carmelo Anthony, who was coming off an NCAA Championship … Read more

Ben Wallace says Detroit Pistons would have won zero championships with Carmelo Anthony

In 2003, the Detroit Pistons had the No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft and as we all know, general manager Joe Dumars made the decision to select Darko Milicic. Though the Pistons went on to win the 2004 NBA Championship with Milicic riding the bench, many have wondered how many titles could have been … Read more

Portland’s CJ McCollum drops 41 as Detroit Pistons losing skid hits six

The Detroit Pistons (19-40) couldn’t get it done tonight, losing a close one to the Portland Trail Blazers (26-32) 107-104. The Pistons started this game poorly, trailing the Trail Blazers 40-24 to end the first quarter, but a 21-3 run in the second quarter tied up the game 43-43 with 6:30 remaining in the first … Read more

Larry Brown: I thought Pistons would draft Carmelo Anthony, not Darko

Fans of the Detroit Pistons weren’t the only ones who were surprised to see the team not draft Carmelo Anthony with the second overall draft pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. Hall of Fame head coach Larry Brown, who was entering his first season with the Pistons, was also surprised at the decision. Hall of … Read more

2017-18 NBA season preview

It’s finally here basketball fans. The most anticipated season of hoops I can remember tips off Tuesday when Kyrie Irving and LeBron James share the court, only they won’t be teammates. This time they square off as leaders of the two best teams in the East. Then after that, the Rockets head to Golden State … Read more

“Finding Darko” to air on ESPN this Sunday

He’s known as one of the greatest (or worst) busts in NBA history. Now he’s making his mark as a farmer back in his native Siberia, and ESPN will be airing a special piece reflecting on his disappointing basketball career and his current endeavors.

Darko Milicic was drafted No. 2 overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 2003 NBA Draft, one spot behind LeBron James and ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, and others who went on to become bonafide NBA stars.

Darko Milicic Draft

But after averaging a dismal 1.6 PPG and 5.8 minutes per game in 96 appearances with the Pistons, he was dealt to the Orlando Magic in 2006 and bounced around the NBA before leaving the league in 2013. 

Pistons fans often referred to Milicic as the “human victory cigar,” as he would usually only play during blowout wins and losses, and his public complaints about the lack of playing time were well-documented. He never really gelled with the veteran core then Pistons head coach Larry Brown had in place, but it didn’t bother Brown one bit having played Darko sparingly.

“I don’t have any regrets about how we treated Darko,” Brown says now. “I have regrets that he couldn’t have been more mature and patient.”

Story authory Sam Borden discusses a number of things with the Serbian-born 7-footer, as he lays out in his feature piece. Darko even delves into how, like many foreign superstars with aspirations of finding their way to the NBA, he had a player he very much admired and respected: Kevin Garnett. The reason? Well, there really wasn’t one.

“I just sort of found him and decided he’s the one,” Darko says now. “It seemed like the player I was supposed to like.”

The show will air on ESPN this Sunday at 9 a.m ET. You can watch a preview of the segment here, and ready Borden’s entire piece on Darko here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aziKiVpw2tI&ab_channel=NBANetwork

REPORT: Pistons bumped their head, are looking to trade 12th overall pick to “win now”

The Detroit Pistons are inexplicably win-now mode. Despite not tanking hard towards the end of 2017 for better draft position, the Pistons still missed the postseason, and were a virtual non-threat all year long. Surely this would mean the Pistons would use the 12th pick in the loaded 2017 NBA Draft class to add the next … Read more

Highlights: Pistons hold Knicks scoreless in final 5:40, come away with third straight win

Coming into this game, the Pistons had held two straight opponents under 85 points, which is a sharp contrast to their opening night performance against the Toronto Raptors. While they didn’t hold the star-studded New York Knicks to under 85, they did something that’s arguably more impressive. The Pistons didn’t allow the Knicks to score … Read more

Tayshaun Prince: The Pistons could have won 4 championships if they drafted Carmelo Anthony

With the Detroit Pistons season right around the corner, the inevitable reminder that they drafted Darko Milicic No. 2 overall instead of Carmelo Anthony,  Dwyane Wade, or Chris Bosh in 2003 is sure to come, and boy did it ever. However, this time was different. It wasn’t just fan hyperbole and what-if scenarios powering this … Read more

What if Melo went to Detroit? ‘We probably would have had three championships’, Billups says

Oh boy, not this again. It’s become one of Detroit’s favorite hypothetical sports queries over the years, right alongside, “What if Isiah didn’t sprain his ankle in ’88?” and “What if the Lions actually won a Super Bowl?” Still, despite being over 12 years removed, people are still asking, “What if the Pistons had used their … Read more

Andre Drummond overtaken in NBA All-Star voting returns

On Thursday afternoon the NBA released their third returns of the NBA All-Star voting. Up to this point, Andre Drummond was slotted in as the third frontcourt player to start. But as of the most recent returns, that is no longer the case. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade pace the ballots in the East https://t.co/o4ggd841eW pic.twitter.com/UexpYlFm5q — … Read more

Pistons fall to Knicks 108-96 as losing streak builds to three

Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 24 as the New York Knicks defeated the Detroit Pistons 108-96 at Madison Square Garden. The Pistons trailed by seven heading into the fourth quarter. Both Anthony and former No. 2 overall pick, Derrick Williams, helped the Knicks put it away in the final frame, as New York outscored Detroit 29-24 … Read more