Unfortunately, that draft will never be forgotten. Joe D's biggest mistake was drafting Darko. I guess we were at least able to trade him to the Magic and use that pick to get Stuckey. So at least now we can kind of say we picked a promising young PG in that spot. That's probably the deepest draft we've seen in a long time. Think of what Detroit passed up on: Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, Carmello Anthony, David West, TJ Ford, Kirk Hinrich, Josh Howard, Chris Kaman.... Next to not picking Jordan #1 it may just be the worst draft mistake in history. Think of how nice it would be to have Rasheed and Bosh down low right now. People wouldn't be talking Boston. But to get back to topic Otis Thorpe was the man back in the day.
I agree with Sam Bowie (as I already said that) but I'm not so sure about the other two and here's why. Both Kwame and Olowokandi were starters in the NBA for quite some time. Darko has barely every cracked a starting lineup. He had a stretch in Orlando where he looked promising still, but that just could be because he was playing next to Dwight Howard. Some team next season is going to give Kwame some cash just based on his size. This year Darko only averaged 7.2 ppg and 6.1 rebounds. Had Kwame stayed in LA he would have been close to a double/double. Memphis just never used him for some reason. The Kandi Man did nearly put up a couple of double/double seasons in LA but then injuries plagued him. I was a huge Darko supporter in the begining. Everybody said the kid could play. Rasheed vouged for him all the time. 5 years later I think it's proven he's a bust.