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Milicic isn't Pistons' only big lottery bust

The Sports Xchange

--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).

--For the third time in four seasons, the Pistons possess multiple picks in the second round. They have their own pick at No. 39 overall and also received the No. 44 selection from Houston as compensation for forward Chase Budinger, whom the Pistons chose and then dealt to the Rockets in 2009.

Detroit had three second-round picks that year and scored a hit at No. 39 with forward Jonas Jerebko. Last year, the Pistons chose forwards Kyle Singer (No. 33) and Vernon Macklin (No. 52) in the second round. The only other time the Pistons had multiple second-rounders during the Dumars era was 2005. They also found a sleeper that season in forward Amir Johnson (No. 56), who is now a rotation player with the Toronto Raptors.

"The one thing that I know, and that my wife knows, is misery. I'm good at it." -- Coach Lawrence Frank on finishing 16 games below .500 in his first season as the Pistons' head coach

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