2003 NBA draft

2003 NBA draft
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General Information
Date(s)June 26, 2003
LocationMadison Square Garden, New York City, New York
First selectionLeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
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The 2003 NBA draft was held on June 26, 2003, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. The NBA announced that 41 college and high school players and a record 31 international players had filed as early-entry candidates for the 2003 NBA draft.[1] 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.[2] 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; nine have 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. Luke Walton was a two-time NBA Champion in 2009 and 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 (53.6%), 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, 2013 and 2016. Carmelo Anthony won the 2013 NBA Scoring Title and is the only player in NBA history to win at least three Olympic gold medals.[3] Zaza Pachulia won NBA championships with the Golden State Warriors in 2017 and 2018. Chris Bosh left Toronto in 2010 as its all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocks, double doubles, free throws made and attempted, and minutes played. The 2003 draft class has drawn comparisons to the 1984 and 1996 NBA draft classes,[4] but is also known for the Detroit Pistons having made the selection of Darko Miličić with the second pick over other prospects.[4] Out of the entire draft, only Nick Collison has played his entire career for the team that drafted him.

Draft selections

PG Point guard SG Shooting guard SF Small forward PF Power forward C Center
* Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game and All-NBA Team
+ Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game
# Denotes player who never played in the NBA regular season or playoffs
~ Denotes player who has been selected as Rookie of the Year
LeBron James was one of the most anticipated first overall draft picks in the history of the sport. He is the second high school draftee to be a first overall pick, the first being Kwame Brown in 2001, and was followed by Dwight Howard in 2004.[5]
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
David West, the 18th pick of the New Orleans Hornets
Josh Howard, the 29th pick of the Dallas Mavericks
Mo Williams, the 47th pick of the Utah Jazz
Kyle Korver, the 51st pick of the New Jersey Nets; he was subsequently traded to the Philadelphia 76ers
Round Pick Player Position Nationality[n 1] Team School/Club Team
1 1 LeBron James *~ SF  United States Cleveland Cavaliers St. Vincent–St. Mary HS (Akron, Ohio)
1 2 Darko Miličić C  Serbia and Montenegro Detroit Pistons (from Memphis)[6] Hemofarm Vršac (Serbia and Montenegro)
1 3 Carmelo Anthony* SF  United States Denver Nuggets Syracuse (Fr.)
1 4 Chris Bosh* PF/C  United States Toronto Raptors Georgia Tech (Fr.)
1 5 Dwyane Wade* SG  United States Miami Heat Marquette (Jr.)
1 6 Chris Kaman+ C  United States
Los Angeles Clippers Central Michigan (Jr.)
1 7 Kirk Hinrich PG  United States Chicago Bulls Kansas (Sr.)
1 8 T. J. Ford PG  United States Milwaukee Bucks (from Atlanta)[7] Texas (So.)
1 9 Michael Sweetney PF  United States New York Knicks Georgetown (Jr.)
1 10 Jarvis Hayes F/G  United States
Washington Wizards Georgia (Jr.)
1 11 Mickaël Piétrus G/F  France Golden State Warriors Pau-Orthez (France)
1 12 Nick Collison PF  United States Seattle SuperSonics Kansas (Sr.)
1 13 Marcus Banks PG  United States Memphis Grizzlies (from Houston,[8] traded to Boston)[9] UNLV (Sr)
1 14 Luke Ridnour PG  United States Seattle SuperSonics (from Milwaukee)[10] Oregon (Jr)
1 15 Reece Gaines F/G  United States Orlando Magic Louisville (Sr)
1 16 Troy Bell PG  United States Boston Celtics (traded to Memphis)[9] Boston College (Sr)
1 17 Žarko Čabarkapa SF  Serbia and Montenegro Phoenix Suns Budućnost Podgorica (Serbia and Montenegro and Adriatic League)
1 18 David West+ PF  United States New Orleans Hornets Xavier (Sr)
1 19 Sasha Pavlović F/G  Serbia and Montenegro Utah Jazz Budućnost Podgorica (Serbia and Montenegro and Adriatic League)
1 20 Dahntay Jones SG  United States Boston Celtics (from Philadelphia,[11] traded to Memphis)[9] Duke (Sr)
1 21 Boris Diaw PF  France Atlanta Hawks (from Indiana)[12] Pau-Orthez (France)
1 22 Zoran Planinić G/F  Croatia New Jersey Nets Cibona Zagreb (Croatia and Adriatic League)
1 23 Travis Outlaw SF  United States Portland Trail Blazers Starkville HS (Starkville, Mississippi)
1 24 Brian Cook PF  United States Los Angeles Lakers Illinois (Sr)
1 25 Carlos Delfino SG  Argentina Detroit Pistons Skipper Bologna (Italy)
1 26 Ndudi Ebi SF  United Kingdom
Minnesota Timberwolves Westbury Christian HS (Houston, Texas)
1 27 Kendrick Perkins C  United States Memphis Grizzlies (from Sacramento via Orlando,[13] traded to Boston)[9] Ozen HS (Beaumont, Texas)
1 28 Leandro Barbosa SG  Brazil San Antonio Spurs (traded to Phoenix)[14] Bauru Tilibra (Brazil)
1 29 Josh Howard+ F/G  United States Dallas Mavericks Wake Forest (Sr)
2 30 Maciej Lampe PF  Poland New York Knicks (from Denver)[15] Complutense University of Madrid (Spain)
2 31 Jason Kapono F/G  United States Cleveland Cavaliers UCLA (Sr)
2 32 Luke Walton SF  United States Los Angeles Lakers (from Toronto)[16] Arizona (Sr)
2 33 Jerome Beasley PF  United States Miami Heat North Dakota (Sr)
2 34 Sofoklis Schortsanitis# C  Greece Los Angeles Clippers Iraklis BC (Greece)
2 35 Szymon Szewczyk# PF  Poland Milwaukee Bucks (from Memphis)[17] Braunschweig (Germany)
2 36 Mario Austin# PF  United States Chicago Bulls Mississippi State (Jr)
2 37 Travis Hansen SG  United States Atlanta Hawks BYU (Sr)
2 38 Steve Blake PG  United States Washington Wizards Maryland (Sr)
2 39 Slavko Vraneš C  Serbia and Montenegro New York Knicks Budućnost Podgorica (Serbia and Montenegro and Adriatic League)
2 40 Derrick Zimmerman PG  United States Golden State Warriors Mississippi State (Sr)
2 41 Willie Green SG  United States Seattle SuperSonics (traded to Philadelphia)[18] Detroit (Sr)
2 42 Zaza Pachulia PF  Georgia Orlando Magic Ülkerspor (Turkey)
2 43 Keith Bogans SG  United States Milwaukee Bucks (traded to Orlando)[19] Kentucky (Sr)
2 44 Malick Badiane# PF  Senegal Houston Rockets Langen (Germany)
2 45 Matt Bonner F  United States Chicago Bulls (from Phoenix,[20] traded to Toronto)[21] Florida (Sr)
2 46 Sani Bečirović# SG  Slovenia Denver Nuggets (from Boston)[22] Virtus Bologna (Italy)
2 47 Mo Williams+ PG  United States Utah Jazz Alabama (So)
2 48 James Lang C  United States New Orleans Hornets Central Park Christian HS (Birmingham, Alabama)
2 49 James Jones SF  United States Indiana Pacers Miami (Florida) (Sr)
2 50 Paccelis Morlende# PG  France Philadelphia 76ers (traded to Seattle)[18] Dijon (France)
2 51 Kyle Korver+ SG  United States New Jersey Nets (traded to Philadelphia)[23] Creighton (Sr)
2 52 Remon van de Hare C  Netherlands Toronto Raptors (from Los Angeles Lakers)[16] FC Barcelona (Spain)
2 53 Tommy Smith# PF  United States Chicago Bulls (from Detroit via Miami)[24] Arizona State (Sr)
2 54 Nedžad Sinanović# C  Bosnia and Herzegovina Portland Trail Blazers Brotnjo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
2 55 Rick Rickert# PF  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota (So)
2 56 Brandon Hunter PF  United States Boston Celtics (from Sacramento)[25] Ohio (Sr)
2 57 Xue Yuyang# C  China Dallas Mavericks (traded to Denver)[26] Hong Kong Flying Dragons (China)
2 58 Andreas Glyniadakis C  Greece Detroit Pistons (from San Antonio)[27] AEK (Greece)
  1. ^ Nationality indicates the player's national team or representative nationality. If a player has not competed at the international level, then the nationality indicates the national team which the player is eligible to represent according to FIBA rules.

^ a: Chris Kaman was born in the United States, but also has German citizenship through his great-grandparents and competes internationally for Germany.[28]