The 2003 NBA Draft was held on June 26, 2003, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. In this draft, National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting college basketball players and other first-time eligible players, such as players from high schools and non-North American leagues. The draft was broadcast on ESPN at 7:30 pm (EDT). The NBA announced that 42 college and high school players and a record 31 international players had filed as early-entry candidates for the 2003 NBA Draft. The Cleveland Cavaliers, who had a 22.50 percent probability of obtaining the first selection, won the NBA Draft Lottery on May 22, and Cleveland chairman Gordon Gund said afterward his team would select LeBron James. The Detroit Pistons and the Denver Nuggets were second and third respectively.
The 2003 Draft is known for having one of the most talented draft pools in draft history. Four of the top five picks are NBA All-Stars and "Redeem Team" Olympic Gold Medalists: Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James. Many players have been in the starting line-ups of their respective teams; eight have already participated in an All-Star Game, Dwyane Wade was named NBA Finals MVP in 2006 and won the NBA All Star Game MVP in 2010, Boris Diaw won the Most Improved Player Award in 2006, Jason Kapono won the three point shootout back to back years in 2007 and 2008, James Jones won the three point shootout in 2011, Leandro Barbosa won the Sixth Man Award in 2007, Kyle Korver set the NBA record for three point shooting percentage in 2010, and in the 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013 seasons LeBron James won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, and the NBA Finals MVP in 2012. The 2003 draft class has drawn comparisons to the legendary 1984 and 1996 NBA Draft classes, but is also known for the Detroit Pistons making the controversial selection of Darko Miličić with the second pick over other prospects. Four of the five first picks have won an NBA Championship: Darko Miličić with the Pistons in 2004; Dwyane Wade with the Heat in 2006 and in 2012; Chris Bosh and LeBron James also with the Heat in 2012. Out of the top 5 picks in the draft, only Dwyane Wade is still with his original team.
LeBron James was one of the most anticipated first overall draft picks in recent years.
Carmelo Anthony, the 3rd pick of the Denver Nuggets
Chris Bosh, the 4th pick of the Toronto Raptors
Dwyane Wade, the 5th pick of the Miami Heat
Chris Kaman, the 6th pick of the Los Angeles Clippers
Kirk Hinrich, the 7th pick of the Chicago Bulls
T.J. Ford, the 8th pick of the Milwaukee Bucks
Mickaël Piétrus, the 11th pick of the Golden State Warriors
Luke Ridnour, the 14th pick of the Seattle Supersonics
David West, the 18th pick of the New Orleans Hornets
Boris Diaw, the 21st pick of the Atlanta Hawks
Travis Outlaw, the 23rd pick of the Portland Trail Blazers
Kendrick Perkins the 27th pick of the Memphis Grizzlies (from Sacramento via Orlando, traded to Boston)
Leandro Barbosa, the 28th pick of the San Antonio Spurs then traded to Phoenix
Josh Howard, 29th pick of the Dallas Mavericks
Jason Kapono, the 31st pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers
Steve Blake, the 38th pick of the Washingtion Wizards
Mo Williams, the 47th pick of the Utah Jazz
James Jones, the 49th pick of the Indiana Pacers
Kyle Korver, the 51st pick of the New Jersey Nets then traded to Philadelphia
^ a: Chris Kaman was born in the United States, but also has German citizenship through his great-grandparents and competes internationally for Germany.
Notable undrafted players 
These players were not selected in the 2003 NBA Draft but have been recognized in the All-Star or All-NBA teams or have started a majority of games played in a season.
Notes and references 
- ^ "NBA Announces Early-Entry Candidates". NBA. Archived from the original on 27 April 2007. Retrieved April 20, 2007.
- ^ "Cavaliers Win NBA Draft Lottery 2003". NBA. Retrieved April 20, 2007.
- ^ a b "2003 draft eventually may be best in history". MSNBC. Retrieved April 19, 2007.
- ^ "Most anticipated No. 1 draft picks". CBC Sports. July 27, 2005. Archived from the original on 21 June 2008. Retrieved June 16, 2008.
- ^ The Grizzlies traded this pick to the Pistons for Otis Thorpe on August 7, 1997.
Boeck, Greg (August 8, 1997). "Thorpe trade frees Pistons to chase Bulls' Williams". USA Today. p. 12C.
Enlund, Tom (June 28, 2003). "Selections have Pistons popping; Sonics also do well on draft day". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. p. 3C.
- ^ The Hawks traded this pick along with Toni Kukoc and Leon Smith to the Bucks for Glenn Robinson on August 2, 2002.
Saladino, Tom (August 3, 2002). "Robinson traded by Milwaukee to Hawks for No. 1 pick and Kukoc". The Associated Press State & Local Wire.
- ^ The Rockets traded this pick along with Othella Harrington, Brent Price, Antoine Carr, and Michael Dickerson to the Grizzlies as part of a three-way deal in which the Rockets received draft rights to Steve Francis and Tony Massenburg from Grizzlies and Don MacLean and future first-round draft choice from Orlando Magic, and Magic received Michael Smith, Rodrick Rhodes, Lee Mayberry and Makhtar Ndiaye from Grizzlies on August 27, 1999.
Murphy, Michael (August 27, 1999). "Rockets land Francis, 5 others; Grizzlies get 4 in largest deal in NBA history". The Houston Chronicle. p. 1.
- ^ a b c d The Grizzlies traded No. 13 and No. 27 picks to the Celtics for No. 16 and No. 20 picks on the draft day.
Baird, Woody (June 27, 2003). "West wastes no time for draft-night trades". Associated Press.
- ^ The Bucks traded this pick along with Ray Allen, Kevin Ollie, and Ronald Murray to the SuperSonics for Gary Payton and Desmond Mason on February 20, 2003.
Ruiz, Don (February 21, 2003). "Goodbye, Glove: Sonics trade Payton; NBA deal: Fan favorite Mason also sent to Milwaukee Bucks". The News Tribune (Tacoma, Washington). p. A01.
- ^ The 76ers traded this pick along with Roshown McLeod to the Celtics for Jerome Moiso on August 3, 2001.
Doyle, Bill (August 4, 2001). "Celts move forward in Sixers deal; Little-used Moiso swapped for McLeod, future first-round pick". Telegram & Gazette (Massachusetts). p. B1.
- ^ The Pacers traded this pick to the Hawks for Jamaal Tinsley on June 27, 2001.
Marot, Michael (June 28, 2001). "Pacers wait their turn, wind up with 2 guards". The Associated Press State & Local Wire.
- ^ The Kings traded this pick along with Tariq Abdul-Wahad to the Magic for Nick Anderson on August 3, 1999.
"Magic trades Anderson for Kings' Abdul-Wahad". The Houston Chronicle. August 4, 1999. p. Sports 9.
The Magic traded this pick along with Mike Miller and Ryan Humphrey to the Grizzlies for Drew Gooden and Gordan Giricek on February 19, 2003.
Scanlon, Dick (March 7, 2003). "Trade Pays Off Quickly". The Ledger. p. C1.
- ^ The Spurs traded this pick to the Suns for a future pick (#30 pick in 2005 NBA Draft) on June 26, 2003.
Badger, T.A. (June 26, 2003). "Spurs select and then trade Brazilian point guard". The Associated Press State & Local Wire.
- ^ The Nuggets traded this pick along with Antonio McDyess and the draft rights to Frank Williams to the Knicks for Marcus Camby, Mark Jackson and the draft rights to Maybyner "Nenê" Hilario on June 26, 2002.
"Knicks blockbuster may be the tip of iceberg". ESPN. June 26, 2002. Retrieved May 5, 2007.
- ^ a b The Raptors traded No. 32 pick along with Tracy Murray and Kareem Rush to the Lakers for the No. 52 pick, Lindsey Hunter, and Chris Jefferies on June 26, 2002.
Harris, Beth (June 27, 2002). "Lakers trade Hunter, first-round pick to Toronto for Murray". The Associated Press State & Local Wire.
- ^ The Grizzlies traded this pick to the Bucks for Chris Owens on June 26, 2002.
Finger, Mike (June 27, 2002). "Owens off to Memphis ; Injury didn't scare off teams". San Antonio Express-News.
- ^ a b The 76ers traded No. 41 pick to the SuperSonics for the No. 50 pick and cash during the draft.
"Green has thumb surgery". ESPN. Associated Press. December 5, 2003. Retrieved May 5, 2007.
- ^ The Bucks traded this pick to the Magic for cash considerations on the draft day.
Mulhern, Tom (June 27, 2003). "Short, to the Point; Bucks Choose Texas' Ford". Wisconsin State Journal.
- ^ The Suns traded this pick along with Soumaila Samake to the Bulls for C Jake Voskuhl on October 29, 2001.
"Bulls trade Voskuhl to Suns for draft pick". The Associated Press State & Local Wire. October 29, 2001.
- ^ The Bulls traded this pick to the Raptors for a future pick (#38 pick in 2004 NBA Draft) on the draft day.
Gray, Kevin (June 27, 2003). "Toronto trades for Bonner". The Union Leader.
- ^ The Celtics traded this pick along with Shammond Williams to the Nuggets for Mark Blount and Mark Bryant on February 20, 2003.
"Celtics add bulk with additions of Blount, Bryant". ESPN. Associated Press. February 20, 2003. Retrieved March 8, 2009.
- ^ The Nets traded this pick to the 76ers for cash considerations on the draft day.
"Korver drafted by Nets, traded to Philadelphia". The Associated Press State & Local Wire. June 27, 2003.
- ^ The Pistons traded this pick along with Cedric Ceballos to the Heat for a second-round draft pick (#38 pick in 2002 NBA Draft) on November 26, 2000.
The Heat traded this pick to the Bulls for Sean Lampley on October 2, 2001.
"Heat acquire F Lampley from Chicago". The Associated Press State & Local Wire. October 2, 2001.
- ^ The Kings traded this pick along with a future pick (#53 pick in 2005 NBA Draft) to the Celtics for Darius Songaila on June 23, 2003.
"Celtics Acquire Second round Draft Choice From Sacramento Kings For Rights To Songaila". NBA. June 23, 2003. Retrieved May 20, 2007.
- ^ The Mavericks traded this pick to the Nuggets for a future pick (#50 pick in 2004 NBA Draft) on the draft day.
"Xue Yuyang Joins Denver After Dallas Draft". China Internet Information Center. June 28, 2003. Retrieved May 20, 2007.
- ^ The Spurs traded this pick to the Pistons for Mengke Bateer on October 3, 2002.
"Pistons trade Menks to Spurs". The Associated Press State & Local Wire. October 3, 2002.
- ^ Clippers' Kaman becomes German citizen for Olympics. Los Angeles Times. July 3, 2008.
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