The 25 Biggest Foreign Busts in NBA Draft History

1. Darko Milicic

Country: Serbia
Drafted: 2nd Overall, 2003
Team: Pistons
Stats: 6.0 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 1.3 BPG
Seasons Played: 9
Joe Dumars passed on Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade in the 2003 Draft for what appeared to be a promising 19-year-old big man out of Serbia. Mind you, the Pistons were fresh off of an Eastern Conference Finals appearance and had just signed Larry Brown to coach. Notoriously hard on rookies, Brown never gave Milicic a real shot, and three years later he was dealt to the Orlando Magic for Kelvin Cato and a first round pick that turned into Rodney Stuckey. He bounced around for a couple years and somehow got a huge contract from David Kahn and the Timberwolves because of his shot blocking ability. Unfortunately, Darko is still trying to live up to the billing and his only claim to fame is an awesome (now defunct) blog named in his honor. The Pistons shoulda, woulda, coulda had a dynasty.

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