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2003 NBA draft
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General information
Date(s)June 26, 2003
Time7:30 pm (EDT)
LocationMadison Square Garden in New York City, New York
Network(s) (US)ESPN
First selectionLeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
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2003 NBA draft
2003 NBA Draft logo.png
General information
Date(s)June 26, 2003
Time7:30 pm (EDT)
LocationMadison Square Garden in New York City, New York
Network(s) (US)ESPN
First selectionLeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
NBA draft
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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; 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 (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 and 2013. Carmelo Anthony won the 2013 NBA Scoring Title. 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,[3] but is also known for the Detroit Pistons making the controversial selection of Darko Miličić with the second pick over other prospects.[3] 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, 2012 and 2013; Chris Bosh and LeBron James also with the Heat in 2012 and 2013. Out of the entire draft, only Dwyane Wade and Nick Collison have played their entire career for the team that drafted them, although Kirk Hinrich after being traded twice had later returned to the team that drafted him. Lebron James, who was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003, left for the Miami Heat in 2010, but re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers on July 11, 2014.[4]


PGPoint guardSGShooting guardSFSmall forwardPFPower forwardCCenter
^Denotes player who has been inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
*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
xDenotes player who has been selected for at least one All-NBA Team
#Denotes player who never played in the NBA regular season or playoffs

Draft selections[edit]

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
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
Josh Howard, the 29th pick of the Dallas Mavericks
Mo Williams, the 47th pick of the Utah Jazz
RoundPickPlayerPositionNationalityTeamSchool/club team
11, LeBron JamesLeBron James *SFSG United StatesCleveland CavaliersSt. Vincent–St. Mary High School (Akron, OH)
12Miličić, DarkoDarko MiličićC Serbia and MontenegroDetroit Pistons (from Memphis)[6]Hemofarm Vrsac
13Anthony, CarmeloCarmelo Anthony*SF United StatesDenver NuggetsSyracuse (Fr)
14Bosh, ChrisChris Bosh*F/C United StatesToronto RaptorsGeorgia Tech (Fr)
15Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade*SG United StatesMiami HeatMarquette (Jr)
16Kaman, ChrisChris Kaman+C United States
Los Angeles ClippersCentral Michigan (Jr)
17Hinrich, KirkKirk HinrichPG United StatesChicago BullsKansas (Sr)
18Ford, T. J.T. J. FordPG United StatesMilwaukee Bucks (from Atlanta)[7]Texas (So)
19Sweetney, MichaelMichael SweetneyPF United StatesNew York KnicksGeorgetown (Jr)
110Hayes, JarvisJarvis HayesF/G United States
Washington WizardsGeorgia (Jr)
111Piétrus, MickaëlMickaël PiétrusG/F FranceGolden State WarriorsPau-Orthez (France)
112Collison, NickNick CollisonPF United StatesSeattle SuperSonicsKansas (Sr)
113Banks, MarcusMarcus BanksPG United StatesMemphis Grizzlies (from Houston,[8] traded to Boston)[9]UNLV (Sr)
114Ridnour, LukeLuke RidnourPG United StatesSeattle SuperSonics (from Milwaukee)[10]Oregon (Jr)
115Gaines, ReeceReece GainesF/G United StatesOrlando MagicLouisville (Sr)
116Bell, TroyTroy BellPG United StatesBoston Celtics (traded to Memphis)[9]Boston College (Sr)
117Čabarkapa, ŽarkoŽarko ČabarkapaSF Serbia and MontenegroPhoenix SunsBudućnost Podgorica (Serbia and Montenegro and Adriatic League)
118West, DavidDavid West+PF United StatesNew Orleans HornetsXavier (Sr)
119Pavlović, SashaSasha PavlovićF/G Serbia and MontenegroUtah JazzBudućnost Podgorica (Serbia and Montenegro and Adriatic League)
120Jones, DahntayDahntay JonesSG United StatesBoston Celtics (from Philadelphia,[11] traded to Memphis)[9]Duke (Sr)
121Diaw, BorisBoris DiawPF FranceAtlanta Hawks (from Indiana)[12]Pau-Orthez (France)
122Planinić, ZoranZoran PlaninićG/F CroatiaNew Jersey NetsCibona Zagreb (Croatia and Adriatic League)
123Outlaw, TravisTravis OutlawSF United StatesPortland Trail BlazersStarkville HS (Starkville, MS)
124Cook, BrianBrian CookPF United StatesLos Angeles LakersIllinois (Sr)
125Delfino, CarlosCarlos DelfinoSG ArgentinaDetroit PistonsUnión de Santa Fe (Argentina)
126Ebi, NdudiNdudi EbiSF United Kingdom
Minnesota TimberwolvesWestbury Christian HS (Houston, TX)
127Perkins, KendrickKendrick PerkinsC United StatesMemphis Grizzlies (from Sacramento via Orlando,[13] traded to Boston)[9]Ozen HS (Beaumont, TX)
128Barbosa, LeandroLeandro BarbosaSG BrazilSan Antonio Spurs (traded to Phoenix)[14]Bauru Tilibra (Brazil)
129Howard, JoshJosh Howard+F/G United StatesDallas MavericksWake Forest (Sr)
230Lampe, MaciejMaciej LampePF PolandNew York Knicks (from Denver)[15]Complutense University of Madrid (Spain)
231Kapono, JasonJason KaponoF/G United StatesCleveland CavaliersUCLA (Sr)
232Walton, LukeLuke WaltonSF United StatesLos Angeles Lakers (from Toronto)[16]Arizona (Sr)
233Beasley, JeromeJerome BeasleyPF United StatesMiami HeatNorth Dakota (Sr)
234Schortsanitis, SofoklisSofoklis Schortsanitis#C GreeceLos Angeles ClippersIraklis BC (Greece)
235Szewczyk, SzymonSzymon Szewczyk#PF PolandMilwaukee Bucks (from Memphis)[17]Braunschweig (Germany)
236Austin, MarioMario Austin#PF United StatesChicago BullsMississippi State (Jr)
237Hansen, TravisTravis HansenSG United StatesAtlanta HawksBYU (Sr)
238Blake, SteveSteve BlakePG United StatesWashington WizardsMaryland (Sr)
239Vraneš, SlavkoSlavko VranešC Serbia and MontenegroNew York KnicksBudućnost Podgorica (Serbia and Montenegro and Adriatic League)
240Zimmerman, DerrickDerrick ZimmermanPG United StatesGolden State WarriorsMississippi State (Sr)
241Green, WillieWillie GreenSG United StatesSeattle SuperSonics (traded to Philadelphia)[18]Detroit (Sr)
242Pachulia, ZazaZaza PachuliaPF GeorgiaOrlando MagicÜlkerspor (Turkey)
243Bogans, KeithKeith BogansSG United StatesMilwaukee Bucks (traded to Orlando)[19]Kentucky (Sr)
244Badiane, MalickMalick Badiane#PF SenegalHouston RocketsLangen (Germany)
245Bonner, MattMatt BonnerF United StatesChicago Bulls (from Phoenix,[20] traded to Toronto)[21]Florida (Sr)
246Bečirović, SaniSani Bečirović#SG SloveniaDenver Nuggets (from Boston)[22]Virtus Bologna (Italy)
247Williams, MoMo Williams+PG United StatesUtah JazzAlabama (So)
248Lang, JamesJames LangC United StatesNew Orleans HornetsCentral Park Christian HS (Birmingham, AL)
249Jones, JamesJames JonesSF United StatesIndiana PacersMiami (Florida) (Sr)
250Morlende, PaccelisPaccelis Morlende#PG FrancePhiladelphia 76ers (traded to Seattle)[18]Dijon (France)
251Korver, KyleKyle KorverSF United StatesNew Jersey Nets (traded to Philadelphia)[23]Creighton (Sr)
252van de Hare, RemonRemon van de HareC NetherlandsToronto Raptors (from Los Angeles Lakers)[16]FC Barcelona (Spain)
253Smith, TommyTommy Smith#PF United StatesChicago Bulls (from Detroit via Miami)[24]Arizona State (Sr)
254Sinanović, NedžadNedžad Sinanović#C Bosnia and HerzegovinaPortland Trail BlazersBrotnjo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
255Rickert, RickRick Rickert#PF United StatesMinnesota TimberwolvesMinnesota (So)
256Hunter, BrandonBrandon HunterPF United StatesBoston Celtics (from Sacramento)[25]Ohio (Sr)
257Yuyang, XueXue Yuyang#C ChinaDallas Mavericks (traded to Denver)[26]Hong Kong Flying Dragons (China)
258Glyniadakis, AndreasAndreas GlyniadakisC GreeceDetroit Pistons (from San Antonio)[27]AEK (Greece)

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

Notable undrafted players[edit]

These players were not selected in the 2003 NBA draft but have played at least one game in the NBA.

PlayerPositionNationalitySchool/club team
Barron, EarlEarl BarronC United StatesMemphis (Sr.)
Calderón, JoséJosé CalderónPG SpainTau Cerámica (Spain)
Carroll, MattMatt CarrollSG United StatesNotre Dame (Sr.)
Daniels, MarquisMarquis DanielsSG United StatesAuburn (Sr.)
Dupree, RonaldRonald DupreeSF United StatesLSU (Sr.)
Johnsen, BrittonBritton JohnsenSF/PF United StatesUtah (Sr.)
Penney, KirkKirk PenneySG/SF New ZealandWisconsin (Sr.)
Powell, JoshJosh PowellPF United StatesNC State (So.)
Powell, KasibKasib PowellSF United StatesTexas Tech (Sr.)
Ross, QuintonQuinton RossSG United StatesSMU (Sr.)
Singleton, JamesJames SingletonSF/PF United StatesMurray State (Sr.)


  1. ^ "NBA Announces Early-Entry Candidates". NBA. Archived from the original on 27 April 2007. Retrieved April 20, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Cavaliers Win NBA Draft Lottery 2003". NBA. Retrieved April 20, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b "2003 draft eventually may be best in history". MSNBC. Retrieved April 19, 2007. 
  4. ^ LeBron James announces he will sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, leaves Miami Heat | NJ.com
  5. ^ "Most anticipated No. 1 draft picks". CBC Sports. July 27, 2005. Archived from the original on 21 June 2008. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ 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. 
  17. ^ 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. 
  18. ^ 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. 
  19. ^ 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. 
  20. ^ 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. 
  21. ^ 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. 
  22. ^ 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. 
  23. ^ 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. 
  24. ^ 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. 
  25. ^ 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. 
  26. ^ 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. 
  27. ^ 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. 
  28. ^ Clippers' Kaman becomes German citizen for Olympics. Los Angeles Times. July 3, 2008.

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