Former Detroit Pistons head coach Larry Brown discussed how things went down for the team in the 2003 NBA Draft. It’s not a secret that that draft is considered one of the best in history, but that doesn’t mean mistakes weren’t made.
As a matter of fact, the Pistons can say they made the biggest one by passing on Carmelo Anthony to pick Darko Milicic instead. Brown discussed this subject recently, showing his surprise when he found out the team wasn’t going after Melo. Even though he’s not part of the league at this moment, Anthony has carved out a Hall of Fame career in the NBA, while Milicic was a bust and only played in 468 games.
“What I had understood, we were going to draft Carmelo and then all of a sudden they decided on Darko,” the Hall of Fame coach said.
The Pistons ended up winning the 2004 Finals against the favorites Los Angeles Lakers, but Brown can’t help but wonder how many titles Detroit could have won if they took Anthony, Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh instead of Milicic.
Drafting Carmelo would have taken that team to a different level. The future Hall of Famer was great with the Denver Nuggets, but he was never able to transcend in the postseason. If you added the 10-time All-Star to that talented Detroit Pistons, things would have been extremely different.