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: LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.
Many players have been in the starting line-ups of their respective teams; six have already participated in an All-Star Game. Dwyane Wade was named NBA Finals MVP in 2006, and has proved that he is a true superstar. The 24-year-old Wade led the Miami Heat to the 2006 title and was named the NBA Finals' MVP.
Wade's athleticism and prowess has made him one of the most exciting players in the league to watch. He has the ability to take over a contest single-handidly and shines when the game is on the line, and when his team needs a bucket.
Lebron James has led the Cavaliers to consecutive playoff appearances in 2006, 2007, and 2008. In 2007, the team advanced to the Conference Finals for the first time since 1992 and the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. His career scoring average for the regular season (27.3 ppg) and playoffs (27.5 ppg), are both fifth all-time in NBA history. The 2008 NBA Scoring Champion can do it all.
On offense, James utilizes his quickness, size, and strength to get past defenders. James is known for his exceptional upper body strength. When penetrating to the basket, James exhibits super body control, adjusting his shot in mid-air according to the defense, allowing him to absorb contact and finish at the basket.
He is also proficient at finishing around the rim with both hands. In the 2005–06 season, he led the league in completed traditional three point plays two-time NBA All-Star Game MVP: 2006, 2008. Since entering the NBA, Anthony has been the subject of numerous controversies, but has been able to play at a high level Anthony averaged 21.0 ppg during his rookie season, which was more than any other rookie.
On December 10, 2008, in a 116-105 home win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Anthony tied George Gervin for the most points scored in one quarter in NBA history, by scoring 33 points in the third quarter. Melo finished the game with 45 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, and four steals.
Melo is a two-time NBA All-Star (2007, 2008 Won an NCAA Championship with Syracuse University). He is on his way to becoming a big time player.