Despite Melo's perceived flaws, he's likely heading to the Hall of Fame. Milicic's work the last few years, meanwhile, includes feeding his tattoos beer.
Anthony recently said on an Instagram Live that he would've won "maybe two or three rings" if he landed with the Pistons rather than the Denver Nuggets. Then-Detroit guard Chauncey Billups concurred, telling Bart & Hahn of 98.7 FM ESPN New York that adding Anthony would have netted the Pistons three championships.
The selection didn't sting the Pistons so badly at first because they won the NBA title in Milicic's rookie season, with him averaging 4.7 minutes per game.
And that's why another Pistons' mainstay from that era disagrees with Melo and Billups' assertions. Ben Wallace told the 120 Watts podcast in February that a rookie Anthony would've negatively altered Detroit's chemistry.
"If we would've drafted Carmelo, I honestly don't think we would have ever won a championship," Wallace said. "Melo would have wanted to play right away. It would have had the potential to disrupt the team chemistry."