The main thing that will help Darko is confidence and experience. Once he has those 2 things going for him there is no telling what he can become. I don't think I've ever seen a guy 7'1'' with his combination of quickness, defense, shooting and passing skills. The guy really can be special. I just hope it's with us.
i agree completely. He has a chance to be an all-star but will definitely be a very solid close to dbl-dbl guy and will challenge for the league lead in blks in a couple of yrs. All that plus he can face up the opposing bigs and take them off the dribble or shoot the J. That trade will go down as the best Magic Deal ever. Getting Darko and Arroyo for a steaming pile of dung, brilliant!!!
Anyhow, funny how much criticism Milicic has received. In some of the postings in the Raptors section there were discussion (and criticisms) regarding why we picked a european #1 this year and compared Bargnani past european players who failed (one being Milicic).
Last I checked Milicic just turned 21. Still a young guy. Nobody considers that he played behind several veteren players in Detroit for Larry Brown for 2 years. Brown I don't believe likes to develop players. As well it was a team built to win a championship already not rebuilding. How is a young player going to develop in that situation? Maybe he did not deserve to be taken so high however he can play and as stated he needs to gain confidence which will happen as he plays more. There are flashes of a very good player. Another 3 years and he will still only be 24 and should be a lot better.
The Magic have some good young talent and the future is looking brighter.
I think worst case scenario darko would be 10-12ppg 5-7rpg 2-3bpg in a starting roll for the magic, not bad for a 21 yr old guy, who in a more realistic veiw of his experience is the equvilent of a 2nd year guy, considering how little he played with Detriot.
half a year away from Detroit people are ligtimately talking about him with similar enthusiasm as when he was the #2 draft pick.
I am most interested to see how far this guy will take himself with Orlandos help. His potential ceiling is up there.
Milicic and Howard has the potential to be a dominating big man combo as scary as any seen before