7. Darko Milicic
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Speaking of being sandwiched between great players, we welcome Detroit Piston’s Darko Milicic. He follows the familiar pattern of a tall foreign player taken way too early. Maybe we should nickname this the “Dirk Effect.” The 2003 NBA draft had players such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Bosh. And somehow, the Pistons still took Milicic second.
Seeing the players drafted around you making All-Star teams and being loved by their fans can be a lot of pressure. It’s safe to say Milicic crumbled under the pressure of living up to his draft class. Sometimes a change of scenery is necessary for both the player and the team. The Pistons traded Milicic to the Orlando Magic in 2006, but he never became more than a bench player at most.