Darko Milicic — 2004 Detroit Pistons
It wasn’t going to be fair. The 2003 Detroit Pistons made the Eastern Conference Finals. The night before the ECF started, they also had a near perfect draft lottery, landing the number two pick in a loaded draft as the payout for a trade they’d made six years later, giving the Grizzlies Otis Thorpe. The Pistons returned a loaded lineup and, though they missed out on LeBron James at the top of the draft, had their pick of Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.
Instead, they chose Serbian big man Darko Milicic. Oops. Darko played under five minutes a game as a rookie, along with 14 playoff minutes spread out across eight games. He scored one single solitary playoff point — and he got just as many NBA championship rings to go with it.