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The 2003 NBA Draft was held on June 26, 2003 at The Theater at Madison Square Gardenmarker in New York City, New York. In this draft, National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur college basketball players and other first-time eligible players, such as players from high schools and non-North American leagues. The draft was broadcast on ESPN at 7:30 pm (EDT). The NBA announced that 42 college and high school players and a record 31 international players had filed as early-entry candidates for the 2003 NBA Draft. 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. 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. 4 of the top 5 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; seven have already participated in an All-Star Game, Dwyane Wade was named NBA Finals MVP in 2006, Boris Diaw won the Most Improved Player Award in 2006, Jason Kapono won the three point shootout back to back years in 2007 & 2008, Leandro Barbosa won the Sixth Man Award in 2007, and in 2009 LeBron James won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award. The 2003 draft class has drawn comparisons to the legendary 1984 and 1996 NBA Draft classes, but is also known for the Detroit Pistons making the controversial selection of Darko Miličić with the second pick over other prospects.


= All-Star
Players in bold have been named to at least one All-NBA Team.
LeBron James was one of the most anticipated first overall draft picks in recent years.
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
Kirk Hinrich, the 7th pick of the Chicago Bulls
Jason Kapono, the 31st pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers
Luke Walton, the 32nd pick of the Los Angeles Lakers
Mo Williams, the 47th pick of the Utah Jazz
G Guard PG Point guard SG Shooting guard F Forward SF Small forward PF Power forward C Center
 Round  Pick Player  Position Nationality Team School/Club Team
1 1 SF Cleveland Cavaliers St. Vincent-St. Mary HSmarker (Akron, OHmarker)
1 2 F/C Detroit Pistons (from Memphis)The Grizzlies traded this pick to the Pistons for Otis Thorpe on August 7, 1997.

Hemofarm Vrsac (Serbia and Adriatic League)
1 3 SF Denver Nuggets Syracuse
1 4 F/C Toronto Raptors Georgia Tech
1 5 SG Miami Heat Marquette
1 6 C Los Angeles Clippers Central Michigan
1 7 PG Chicago Bulls Kansas
1 8 PG Milwaukee Bucks (from Atlanta)The Hawks traded this pick along with Toni Kukoc and Leon Smith to the Bucks for Glenn Robinson on August 2, 2002.
1 9 PF New York Knicks Georgetown
1 10 F/G Washington Wizards Georgia
1 11 G/F Golden State Warriors Pau-Orthez (France)
1 12 PF Seattle SuperSonics Kansas
1 13 PG Memphis Grizzlies (from Houston,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.
traded to Boston)The Grizzlies traded #13 and #27 picks to the Celtics for #16 and #20 picks on the draft day.
1 14 PG Seattle SuperSonics (from Milwaukee)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.
1 15 F/G Orlando Magic Louisville
1 16 PG Boston Celtics (traded to Memphis) Boston College
1 17 SF Phoenix Suns Budućnost Podgorica (Serbia and Montenegro and Adriatic League)
1 18 PF New Orleans Hornets Xaviermarker
1 19 F/G Utah Jazz Budućnost Podgorica (Serbia and Montenegro and Adriatic League)
1 20 SG Boston Celtics (from Philadelphia,The 76ers traded this pick along with Roshown McLeod to the Celtics for Jerome Moiso on August 3, 2001.
traded to Memphis)
1 21 SG Atlanta Hawks (from Indiana)The Pacers traded this pick to the Hawks for Jamaal Tinsley on June 27, 2001.
Pau-Orthez (France)
1 22 G/F New Jersey Nets Cibona Zagreb (Croatia and Adriatic League)
1 23 SF Portland Trail Blazers Starkville HS (Starkville, MSmarker)
1 24 PF Los Angeles Lakers Illinois
1 25 SG Detroit Pistons Unión de Santa Fe (Argentina)
1 26 SF Minnesota Timberwolves Westbury Christian HS (Houston, TXmarker)
1 27 C Memphis Grizzlies (from Sacramento via Orlando,The Kings traded this pick along with Tariq Abdul-Wahad to the Magic for Nick Anderson on August 3, 1999.

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.
traded to Boston)

Ozen HS (Beaumont, TXmarker)
1 28 SG San Antonio Spurs (traded to Phoenix)The Spurs traded this pick to the Suns for a future pick (#30 pick in 2005 NBA Draft) on June 26, 2003.
Bauru Tilibra (Brazil)
1 29 F/G Dallas Mavericks Wake Forest
2 30 PF New York Knicks (from Denver)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.
Complutense University of Madridmarker (Spain)
2 31 F/G Cleveland Cavaliers UCLA
2 32 SF Los Angeles Lakers (from Toronto)The Raptors traded #32 pick along with Tracy Murray and Kareem Rush to the Lakers for the #52 pick, Lindsey Hunter, and Chris Jefferies on June 26, 2002.
2 33 PF Miami Heat North Dakota
2 34 C Los Angeles Clippers Iraklis BC (Greece)
2 35 PF Milwaukee Bucks (from Memphis)The Grizzlies traded this pick to the Bucks for Chris Owens on June 26, 2002.
Braunschweig (Germany)
2 36 PF Chicago Bulls Mississippi State
2 37 SG Atlanta Hawks BYU
2 38 PG Washington Wizards Maryland
2 39 C New York Knicks Budućnost Podgorica (Serbia and Montenegro and Adriatic League)
2 40 PG Golden State Warriors Mississippi State
2 41 SG Seattle SuperSonics (traded to Philadelphia)The 76ers traded #41 pick to the SuperSonics for the #50 pick and cash during the draft.
2 42 PF Orlando Magic Ülkerspor (Turkey)
2 43 SG Milwaukee Bucks (traded to Orlando)The Bucks traded this pick to the Magic for cash considerations on the draft day.
2 44 PF Houston Rockets Langen (Germany)
2 45 F Chicago Bulls (from Phoenix,The Suns traded this pick along with Soumaila Samake to the Bulls for C Jake Voskuhl on October 29, 2001.
traded to Toronto)The Bulls traded this pick to the Raptors for a future pick (#38 pick in 2004 NBA Draft) on the draft day.
2 46 SG Denver Nuggets (from Boston)The Celtics traded this pick along with Shammond Williams to the Nuggets for Mark Blount and Mark Bryant on February 20, 2003.
Virtus Bologna (Italy)
2 47 PG Utah Jazz Alabama
2 48 C New Orleans Hornets Central Park Christian HS (Birmingham, ALmarker)
2 49 SF Indiana Pacers Miamimarker
2 50 PG Philadelphia 76ers (traded to Seattle) Dijon (France)
2 51 SF New Jersey Nets (traded to Philadelphia)The Nets traded this pick to the 76ers for cash considerations on the draft day.
2 52 C Toronto Raptors (from Los Angeles Lakers) FC Barcelona (Spain)
2 53 PF Chicago Bulls (from Detroit via Miami)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.

Arizona State
2 54 C Portland Trail Blazers Brotnjo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
2 55 PF Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota
2 56 PF Boston Celtics (from Sacramento)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.
2 57 C Dallas Mavericks (traded to Denver)The Mavericks traded this pick to the Nuggets for a future pick (#50 pick in 2004 NBA Draft) on the draft day.
Hong Kong Flying Dragons (China)
2 58 C Detroit Pistons (from San Antonio)The Spurs traded this pick to the Pistons for Mengke Bateer on October 3, 2002.
AEK (Greece)

Notable undrafted players

Notes and references

  1. The players who have started are Boris Diaw, Kirk Hinrich, David West, Darko Miličić, Mickaël Piétrus, T. J. Ford, Udonis Haslem, Chris Kaman, Steve Blake, Maurice Williams, Luke Walton, Brian Cook, Carlos Delfino, Sasha Pavlović, Barbosa, Nick Collison, Marquis Daniels, Zaza Pachulia, Jason Kapono, James Jones, Luke Ridnour, Kendrick Perkins, and Kyle Korver.
  2. The seven all-stars are Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Josh Howard, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, David West, and Mo Williams.


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