Bringing Back The Draft: 2003

Justin June 21, 2008 4

The Playoffs are over, but that just means the NBA off-season has begun. The Draft is only 5 days away. In preparation for that magical evening, and the mistakes that are bound to be made, it’s time to review drafts of the past. We’ll do one a day until Michael Beasley or Derrick Rose put on a Bulls hat, and share an awkward handshake with David Stern.

Today: 2003

Top 5:

1. LeBron James (CLE)
2. Darko Milicic (DET)
3. Carmelo Anthony (DEN)
4. Chris Bosh (TOR)
5. Dwayne Wade (MIA)

Hindsight is 20/20 Top 5: There has been a lot of talk about this being among the best drafts in history.  The top 4 would certainly stand up against any other, but after that?  Not so impressive.

1. LeBron James
2. Carmelo Anthony
3. Dwayne Wade
4. Chris Bosh
5. David West

LeBron is the second coming.  I went Carmelo 2 over Wade, because I fear that Wade may end up being a bit too injury prone as the years go on.  Bosh may be the next Barkley, in both production and hilarity.  I went with West over guys like Kirk Heinrich, Leandro Barbosa and Josh Howard, because he’s made been an All Star and is on a team with upside.

1st rounder who should have gone in the 2nd round: I’m tired of waiting. I’m ready to declare Darko a full-on bust.  He’s shown flashes on Orlando and Memphis, but when someone goes number 2 overall ahead of guys like Wade, Bosh and Anthony, he should at least be a consistent starter in the NBA.

2nd rounder who should have gone in the 1st round: Not a lot to choose from. Guys like Luke Walton and Keith Bogans have been solid contributors on playoff teams, and Zaza Pachulia and Willie Green are NBA starters.  But for my money, Steve Blake has had the biggest impact.  When George Karl inserted him into the starting lineup two years ago, he was as big a reason as Allen Iverson that the Nuggets picked up their play. Then he spent this year in Portland, and they took a big step forward. Some guys are just winners, and Blake is one of them. Even if he did come from Maryland.


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