LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat reacts in the third quarter while taking on the San Antonio Spurs during Game Two of the 2013 NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena on June 9, 2013 in Miami, Florida.
Remember this epic class?
LeBron James. Dwyane Wade. Carmelo Anthony. Some of the biggest superstars of the NBA all came into the league on draft night in 2003. With the 10th anniversary of the event coming up, we decided to take a look back at who wound up where and how they did. Forgive those who think this class should be known as South by South Beach.
No. 1 -- LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James moved from Akron to Cleveland and was hailed as the savior for the Cavaliers. He starred and rocked as Cleveland improved and made its way to the top, falling to San Antonio in the 2007 Finals. His biggest misstep proved to be in free agency in 2010, when he announced his choice to go to Miami on a TV special called "The Decision." Between leaving home and the bad publicity over the manner in which he chose to exit, James quickly became polarizing. He's done his best to reconstruct his image, leading the Heat to three Finals in a row, winning in 2012 and 2013, and becoming the most dominant player in the game. He has been named the league MVP four of the past five seasons.
No. 2 -- Darko Milicic, Detroit Pistons
Darko Milicic had the distinction of becoming the youngest player to see action in the NBA Finals when he appeared in the Pistons' 2004 championship run. That's the good news. The Serb couldn't make a dent in Detroit's roster and lasted little more than a couple years. He then became a journeyman and is best remembered for being the catalyst for a blog known as FreeDarko — not what the Pistons had in mind when they chose him second overall. Most recently, he was released by the Boston Celtics in November.
No. 3 -- Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets
Fresh off an NCAA championship in his one season at Syracuse, Carmelo Anthony made the leap to the NBA. He quickly became one of the league's biggest stars in Denver. 'Melo averaged as much as 28.9 points per game in a season with the Nuggets. He was a star, but he wasn't content. After many fits and starts, Denver sent Anthony to the New York Knicks in 2011. Throughout a career with many great moments, a ring has still eluded Anthony.
No. 4 -- Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors
Chris Bosh was all smiles as the Toronto Raptors selected the Georgia Tech star with the fourth pick. He's even happier now, appearing in his third straight NBA Finals as a member of the Miami Heat. He joined the team the same offseason as LeBron James.
No. 5 -- Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
Dwyane Wade — the only top-five pick from 2003 still with his original team — was a tremendous choice by the Miami Heat out of Marquette. He dazzled early and often, leading Miami to a title in 2005-06. Now, part of the Big Three with LeBron James and Chris Bosh, fellow 2003 draftees, Wade and the Heat have been in three consecutive NBA Finals. In spite of injuries, he remains one of the most electric players in the game.
No. 6 -- Chris Kaman, Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers had big hopes for Chris Kaman when they chose the big man from Central Michigan. However, in typical Clipper fashion, they didn't pan out, and the 7-footer wound up sidetracked by injuries early in his career. He got it together, just in time to head to New Orleans before moving on to Dallas, where he plays with fellow German Dirk Nowitzki.
No. 7 -- Kirk Hinrich, Chicago Bulls
Kirk Hinrich was pleased to get the call from Chicago as the seventh overall pick. The guard from Kansas put in solid years for the Bulls until 2010. He then moved to the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks the next two seasons before returning to Chicago before this season. Hinrich found a home and was a big part of a Bulls team that overachieved without star point guard Derrick Rose.
No. 8 -- T.J. Ford, Milwaukee Bucks
T.J. Ford came into the NBA off a stellar career at the University of Texas. He appeared to have the skills to lead the Milwaukee Bucks from the point guard slot. Ford's career was derailed by injuries, including a spinal cord problem that cost him the entire 2004-05 season. He bounced around a bit before being waived by the Warriors in 2012.
No. 9 -- Mike Sweetney, New York Knicks
The New York Knicks were hoping Mike Sweetney of Georgetown would solve some of their front-line issues. It wasn't to be, however, as the 6-foot-8 Sweetney was a bust, playing only 42 games before being shipped to Chicago. He ultimately ended up playing overseas.
No. 10 -- Jarvis Hayes, Washington Wizards
Jarvis Hayes showed promise for the Washington Wizards. The 6-foot-8 small forward was playing well before suffering a brutal injury to his right knee in his second season. For a franchise beset with bad luck, Hayes was another high pick gone bad. He stuck around the league until 2010, and was most recently seen playing in Israel.
No. 11 -- Mickael Pietrus, Golden State Warriors
General manager Garry St. Jean and the Golden State Warriors were ecstatic to grab the French star at No. 11. Pietrus had a scintillating career in Europe and the Warriors thought they had a steal. He stuck around Golden State for five years, averaging 11.1 points per game in 2006-07. Since, he's bounced around to four other teams.