2003 was one of the most impressive draft classes of recent NBA history. Whether or not you would call yourself a fan of the NBA, you are most likely familiar with names such as Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and DeWayne Wade (all members of the 2003 draft class). You are most likely not familiar with the name Darko Milicic – and for good reason. The 7-foot, 250-pound man has not set foot on an NBA court in nearly two years. Over his 10-season career in the NBA, the 7-footer averaged a disappointing 4 rebounds per game and an embarrassing 6 points per game.
Taking these statistics into account, it might be surprising to you that Darko Milicic was the second overall pick in the 2003 draft! Milicic was drafted by the Detroit Pistons over players like Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and DeWayne Wade (all 10-time all-stars). Last week, Milicic gave up on the NBA in order to pursue a career in kickboxing. That’s right. Kickboxing. Meanwhile Anthony, Bosh and Wade remain some of the best players in the league today. From a basketball perspective, there cannot be much argument against the fact that the Pistons made a bad decision in drafting Milicic. If only the Pistons had conducted better research, they might have avoided one of the biggest draft flops in NBA history.
Having the sense to fully research a major decision is not just a practice for professional sports executives – it is a practice for all people who call themselves a disciple of Christ. Consider the Bereans in Acts 17:10-15. The Christians in Berea are called “more noble than those in Thessalonica” because they “received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” The Christians in Berea were careful to research Paul’s teachings against the Scriptures before they made the decision to devote their lives to the gospel that Paul was preaching.
Likewise, we would all do well to be careful to research the Scriptures in order to make our decisions on different issues or situations in life. Examining the Scriptures daily is certainly a wise thing to do in order to keep your number of bad decisions to a minimum.