In the 2003 NBA draft, the number one pick went to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who quite properly selected LeBron James. Two spots behind James was Carmelo Anthony, who has enjoyed a solid career, typically being a leader on his teams, first the Denver Nuggets and most lately the New York Knicks.
In betwixt was the number two pick, Darko Milicic, who has the dubious distinction of going down in NBA history as one of the biggest busts of all time. The Detroit Pistons used the number two overall selection to acquire the then 18-year-old phenom, ahead of future stars Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade.
He wound up playing nine seasons, with his first being a 2004 Championship by the Pistons over the Los Angeles Lakers, becoming the youngest player ever to appear in the NBA Finals, but he saw most of that championship effort from the end of the bench, not on the court.
After three seasons, the Pistons tired of his off-court antics and his dismal on court contributions, so they shipped him to the Orlando Magic. He wore out his welcome there even quicker than in Detroit, has a two-season stint with the Memphis Grizzlies, played one season for the New York Knicks, two for the Minnesota Timberwolves and concluded with the Boston Celtics in 2012.
His underwhelming career statistics are a prime example of what occurs when talent is not combined with desire, an example of wasted potential that is impossible to quantify.