NBA Free Agency: Explaining the Timberwolves’ Darko Milicic Situation

July 2nd, 2010 by Timber Wolf Leave a reply »
ESPN has confirmed that the Minnesota Timberwolves have signed Darko Milicic to a four year deal, worth 20 million dollars.

This Serbian center was taken in the 2003 NBA Draft after LeBron James, but before Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Bosh. If anyone follows the NBA, you probably would associate the name Darko with "bust".

No doubt, he's a bust of epic proportions, largely enhanced because of his counterparts. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh are all marquee players in the NBA, and Darko was expected to be one in that class as he was drafted.

Let's break this down.

Darko Milicic was drafted at the age of 18, and while he played in Serbia, he was inconsistent. Of course, the younger you are, the more inconsistent you are. He was taken by the Detroit Pistons, with whom he received virtually no playing time in two years. It's funny how the media value championship rings so much, when Darko got one as a rookie. Haha funny, right?

Milicic ended up playing with the Detroit Pistons, and shortly after that, the Orlando Magic and Memphis Grizzlies.

Stats with the Orlando Magic: 7.6 ...

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