Darko Milicic: Is This the Last NBA Season for the Underachiever ?

Mike B.Correspondent INovember 29, 2009

The 2003 NBA Draft was highlighted by future stars such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Bosh.

And you can't leave out Chris Kaman, David West, Mo Williams, Josh Howard, and Leandro Barbosa, either.

One name you can leave out, though is Darko Milicic.

Milicic, who was selected second overall by the Detroit Pistons in '03 before Anthony, Bosh, and Wade, has proven to be nothing more than a colossal bust since Day One.   

The Serbian forward spent his first two-and-a-half seasons buried on the Pistons' bench behind big men Rasheed and Ben Wallace as the team won a NBA title in 2004. 

Milicic was then traded to Orlando where he played a year-and-a-half and enjoyed his best season, 2006-07, when he averaged eight points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game.  

In 2007, he signed with the Memphis Grizzlies and became a starter for the first time in his career.

He lasted two seasons with the Griz before being dealt to the New York Knicks last  June in exchange for Quentin Richardson and cash. 

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Milicic, who will become an unrestricted free agent following the season, recently told FanHouse that he may return to Europe next year.    

"The NBA for me is not the way that I want to be," he said. "Looking forward, the stuff that I'm looking for is for me to play and for to me enjoy playing. I think right now the only spot for me is Europe."

"Because growing up and playing basketball, I needed the ball in my hands. I used to create for myself and I used to create for others. I used to play a lot. That's the kind of stuff I'm looking for. And for me to get that in the NBA right now, I don't think so. And I've got to be real."

Personally, I believe Milicic should leave the league next summer to pursue a career overseas.  He would likely emerge as an instant superstar over there.

Too bad his career never quite panned out in the NBA.

I wish him the best.