• Carmelo Anthony is one of the greatest scorers in the NBA
  • Darko Milicic was selected ahead of him in the 2003 NBA draft
  • Anthony revealed that he could have had multiple championships if he was selected earlier

Carmelo Anthony is one of the most talented scorers the NBA has seen. He’s shown the complete offensive package and is considered as one of the best to ever put the ball through the hoop. Whether it’s isolating the defender and draining a contested jumper over them or driving hard inside, Carmelo’s game will always remain iconic.

The triple threat master has racked up so many accomplishments in his career. The multiple All-Star game accolades, the scoring titles and the boundless recognition are already enough to call him one of the greats. He’s received already build a solid resume for a Hall of Fame induction. But if there’s one thing that has eluded his illustrious career is it’s the NBA Championship.

Much like multiple legends in the game, Carmelo is one of these stars who have not had a chance to get a ring. But if there’s one player that has always been compared to him, it’s Darko Milicic. Milicic is known to be the odd man out in the historic 2003 NBA draft. The first five included himself, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Milicic.

The Detroit Pistons selected the Serbian big man right after LeBron. During his rookie year, the Pistons went on to defeat the LA Lakers in the 2004 NBA finals earning Milicic a ring in his first year.

Anthony was selected by the Denver Nuggets that year and blossomed into a star. The team may have come close in some playoff runs; the franchise was never able to get over the next level.

The former All-NBA shared that his career might have taken a different turn if the Pistons selected him instead. He discussed the missed chance for multiple championships. “I know I would’ve had maybe two or three rings,” he said.

The Pistons of the mid-2000s were a dominant team and a constant powerhouse in the Eastern Conference. After winning the 2004 NBA title, the Pistons had a constant streak of Eastern Conference finals appearances that ended in 2008. The team was tough and was not a squad to be messed with.

Anthony had success with former Pistons star Chauncey Billups during their time together with the Nuggets. With all of these situations, Anthony being selected by the Pistons will remain to be one of the big what-ifs in the league.

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Carmelo Anthony is looming as the only option for the Lakers unless they opt not to fill in that last roster spot. Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks reacts after he is called for a foul in the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden on March 27, 2017 in New York City. Getty Images/Elsa