Carmelo Anthony Declares 2003 NBA Draft Class Best of All Time

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2013

The 2003 NBA draft class is the best ever. Carmelo Anthony says so.

TMZ caught up with 'Melo as he was making his way through what appears to be an airport. 

"It was great one," he said of a talent pool that included LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and himself. "It was a great draft that year."

When it was suggested to him that a lot of people consider his class to be the best draft in NBA history, 'Melo concurred.

"Without a doubt," he replied.

His sentiments are shared by many, especially now that the 2013 draft class is considered to consist of a lukewarm bunch. They're certainly not regarded as highly as the folks from 2003. 

Four of the top-five picks from back then have a chance to make the Hall of Fame. LeBron and Wade are certain first-ballot entries, and 'Melo will have a stronger case if he can procure some rings for those naked fingers of his. As for Bosh, he believes he's a surefire lock (that's debatable).

The lone top-five selection that has no chance to make it is Darko Milicic. He doesn't even play in the NBA anymore. What happened to him?

"I don't know," 'Melo offered. "I think he went back overseas."

He did. And he was also drafted ahead of 'Melo, Bosh and Wade, making him one of the biggest draft busts in NBA history. How exactly did that happen?

"I don't know man," Anthony concluded.

Neither do we, 'Melo. Neither do we.