Why Bargnani isn't Skita or Darko

Originally Published: June 28, 2006
By John Hollinger | ESPN Insider
I can hear the whispers now.

"Skita … Darko … Bargnani."

All three are European. All three had scouts salivating because of their advanced ability to shoot for a big man. All three barely showcased their game in front of American fans, and American writers for that matter. And in the minds of some, all three are going to go down as historic draft busts.

The first two are certain -- Nikoloz Tskitishvili's career barely has a pulse and Darko Milicic, regardless of what he does from here on out, always will be the guy who Detroit took ahead of Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade.

But Andrea Bargnani, the player the Toronto Raptors selected with the top overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft, going to be another bust? I don't think so. There are a few important differences between Bargnani and the other two guys that not enough people have caught onto, and that's why I expect his career trajectory to be very different: