Career: Hemofarm (Serbia & Montenegro-YUBA, 2001-03), Detroit Pistons (NBA, 2003-06), Orlando Magic (NBA, 2006). Selected in the first round of the 2003 NBA draft (#2), by the Detroit Pistons.
At last year's European Championship in Belgrade, Milicic was statistically Serbia-Montenegro's MVP per minutes played. This year, Darko is coming out from an encouraging season end with his new NBA franchise, the Orlando Magic. As opposed to the Detroit Pistons, where successive coaches left him to "ride the pine", the Florida team offered the tall Serbian, once deemed one of the top talents on the planet, respectable playing time. Darko responded with excellent performances, particularly on the defensive end. Per minutes played, again he was among the top shot blockers in the league. At only 20, Milicic wants to prove all his critics wrong. In Japan, he will have the perfect opportunity because he has been promoted to starting center of Serbia-Montenegro.