He showed amazing ability in workouts, enough so that Detroit was convinced enough to select him second overall. Unfortunately for him, it just happened to be in one of the most stacked drafts in recent history.
Darko got selected before Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. No matter if he turned into an okay player, he would be measured up against that murderer's row of talent.
Even without the comparisons, Darko has not lived up to what a second overall pick should be. Already on his third team in five years, he is a career 5.5 ppg scorer and only an average rebounder and shot-blocker for someone his size.
Worth the Hype?
Nope. In fact, this should have been the pick that scared teams off from the big European guy with promise.
Darko was the posterboy for hype over actual talent. But, as we'll see, this did nothing to dissuade teams from taking risks in hopes of finding the next Nowitzki.