Before Darko, there was Rodney.
Drafting Darko Milicic with the No. 2 pick in 2003 ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade is considered Joe Dumars’ biggest mistake since becoming president of basketball operations in 2000. Most people have forgotten that Milicic wasn’t Dumars’ first lottery bust.
The Pistons have the No. 9 pick this month, and their last selection at that spot in 2001 was one Dumars would like to forget. He drafted forward Rodney White, who boasted during training camp that his goal was to have a Hall of Fame career.
White appeared in just 16 games with Detroit before getting dealt to Denver before the 2002-03 season. He was out of the NBA by 2005 and went on to play for 10 other teams in Europe, Israel, China and South Korea. The Pistons’ other No. 9 selections were Les Hunter (1964), Bob Nash (1972) and Cliff Livingston (1982).
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