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2003 second overall pick Darko Miličić retires from basketball to pursue kickboxing career

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LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony. 

These are four of the top five picks from the 2003 NBA draft. Just looking at those names, it isn't hard to see why the 2003 draft class is one of the greatest of all time. 

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However second pick of that particular draft - rather unfortunately sandwiched in between LeBron and Melo was Serbian Centre Darko Miličić. The Serb has today confirmed his retirement from basketball and declared that he intends to pursue a career in kickboxing.

According to NBASerbia.com Miličić will sign a contract on wednesday when his first fight is announced. The news was broken with a headline that translated into:

"Darko Miličić put an end: Goodbye NBA career, good afternoon kick-boxing!"

SIX different teams

Compared to the other four superstars, Miličić's career went in the other direction. Drafted by the Detriot Pistons,the 7ft centre played for six different teams during his 10 year tenure in the NBA. He averaged a disappointing 6.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

Miličić spent two seasons in Detriot before he was traded to Orlando. Before the 2007-08 season he signed with Memphis as a free agent. Prior to the 2009-10 season he was traded to the Knicks for Quentin Richardson before being moved to Minnesota for Brian Cardinal.

Statistically, his best years were at the Timberwolves where he averaged a career high 8.8 points in the 20010-11 season. After being waived he joined the Celtics where he would play only one game before being waived again after requesting time away for personal matters. 

There's no denying he was in exceptional company in the 2003 draft however he will still go down as one of the biggest draft busts in NBA history.

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