2003 draft the stars, suprises, and busts
Well me and my friend were talking about the 2003 NBA draft which is the best one of this decade and arguablly one of the best of all time. So since this decade is coming to a close and these players are either reaching the prime of their careers or out of the league I figured why not write an article about this draft class.
Star 1: Lebron James pick 1
Alright this guy doesn't need an introduction. Back in 2003 this guy was the most hyped up high school athlete that I've ever seen personally. People were wondering if he was going to live up to the hype. Well 7 years later he has a career average of 28 ppg, 7apg,7rpg, and 2spg. The sky is the limit for him as he's only 24 years old and hasn't reached his prime yet. With a steadily improving jumper Lebron will break all types of records and have a few championships by the end of his career.
Star 2: Dwyane Wade pick 5
Coming out of Marquette Wade was known as an undersized guard with no jumper. Many considered him to be a bust. He used that as motivation and is one of the best players in the league 7 years later. Boasting career averages of 25 ppg, 7 apg, and 5 rpg Wade proved his doubters wrong. He also has a championship and finals MVP a series where he averaged a ridiculous 35 ppg. In my opinion he has one of the strongest wills to win in the NBA. And this past year I think was him entering his prime
Star 3: Carmelo Anthony pick 3
Coming off of a national championship in Syracuse it was no doubt that Anthony would be a star in the NBA. Having career averages of 24 ppg and 6 rpg Anthony is underrated in a sense. The reason why he doesn't get that much love in my opinion is because he really doesn't make his teammates better like wade or james and he hasn't had playoff sucess until billups came and he's always been on quality teams. I'll put it like this if you switch places with Lebron and Melo LBJ would have had a couple of championships by now.
Star 4: Chris Bosh pick 4
A versatile 6-11 player who is peremiter oriented bosh is a solid player and one of the best power forwards in the league. He has some negatives like not being defensive oriented, and not having that much strength but Bosh who is only 24 will get better as he gets older. He really hasn't been deep into the playoffs but with the help of hedo turkoglu that might change. He has career averages of 20ppg, and 9rpg.
Suprise 1:David West pick 18
Sliding down to the 18th pick West was considered too small to be a NBA power forward. But he's increased his production every year and is now a 20ppg 9rpg player and the second option on the Hornets. It shows that hard work pays off from averaging 4 ppg to 20 in his 7th year.
Suprise 2: Josh Howard pick 29
The last pick in the 1st round not much was expected out of Howard due to his injury problems. But he's been a solid small forward in the NBA averaging 16 ppg and 6rpg it seems like he can play better than what he produces.
Suprise 3: Mo Williams pick 47
Second round picks usually dont pan out in the NBA but Williams was an exception as he has a career average of 14 ppg and 5 apg. His breakout year was last year with cleveland as he averaged a career high 18 ppg and 43% from 3 point range.
Bust 1: Darko Milicic pick 2
Wow what can I say Joe dumars dropped the ball on this one. He could have had Melo D-wade or Chris Bosh but he chose Darko. A career 6 point 4 rebound gut Darko didn't pan out like the pistons planned so they traded him with the quickness to orlando. Then the grizzlies signed him and he gets no burn there he'll be unemployed soon.
Bust 2: Michael Sweetney pick 9
He was a good college player but it didnt pan out in the NBA. He was like a poor mans Zach Randolph. He's battled weight problems and was out of the league for 2 years. The last I heard was he was on the 2009 Celtics summerleague team but I'll tell you right now He ain't comin to Boston.
Bust 3: Nick Collison pick 12
Coming out of Kansas him and Kirk Hinrich were a dynamic duo. Kirk has had a solid NBA career while Collison has been mediocre at best with the sonics/thunder. Averaging just 8 points and 7 rebounds in his career he's currently a free agent with no interest from any teams I think he should just go overseas.
Other 2003 draft busts
Marcus Banks pick 13, Reece Gaines pick 15, Troy Bell pick 16, Zarko Cabarkapa pick 17,Ndudi Ebi pick 26
Solid 2003 players
Kirk Hinrich pick 7, Chris Kaman pick 6, Mickael Pietrus pick 11, Luke Ridnour pick 14, Travis Outlaw pick 23, Kendrick Perkins pick 27, Leandro Barbosa pick 28, Boris Diaw pick 21, Carlos Delfino pick 25, Dahntay Jones pick 20, Sasha Pavlovic pick 19, TJ Ford pick 8, Jarvis Hayes pick 10
Other 2003 suprises
Luke Walton pick 32, Steve Blake pick 38, Willie Green pick 41, Zaza Pachulia pick 42, Keith Bogans pick 43, Matt Bonner pick 45, James Jones pick 49, Kyle Korver pick 51. So to me this is the deepest draft ever and you see the quality amount of players and you've seen the players who didn't do that much in the NBA. So I want to hear your opinion about this draft.