A Tale Of Two Drafts

10 years ago, the 2003 NBA Draft produced stars like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, who are all still superstars in the league now. That draft went down as one of the best drafts in history. Tonight’s NBA draft has some big names as well, so lets compare this years top 5 selected with the top 5 picked in 2003.

LeBron James was the first picked taken in 2003 and is now the best player in the NBA

LeBron James was the first picked taken in 2003 and is now the best player in the NBA

Just like in 2003, the Cleveland Cavaliers held the first pick. In that draft, they selected Lebron James, now the best player in the league. Tonight, the Cavaliers surprised many by selecting forward Anthony Bennett out of UNLV. While Bennett is undersized for a PF, he has great athleticism. Next to Kyrie Irving, they can form a formidable duo for the next few years.

Darko Milicic. He was the second pick in 2003’s draft, but ended up never panning out for the Pistons after being projected as a can’t miss prospect. In tonight’s Draft, The Orlando Magic held the second pick. They chose SG Victor Oladipo out of Indiana. Oladipo has crazy athleticism, and is a ball hawk on defense. He will be a great piece for the Magic to build around in the future.

Darko Milicic was supposed to be a can’t miss prospect.  Instead, he ended up being one of the biggest busts in history.

Darko Milicic was supposed to be a can’t miss prospect. Instead, he ended up being one of the biggest busts in history.

The Denver Nuggets held the third pick of the 2003 Draft, selecting Carmelo Anthony. After 10 years in the NBA, “‘Melo” is arguably one of the best players. He plays for the New York Knicks currently, but during his Denver days he was a great leader. This year’s 3rd pick belonged to the Washington Wizards. They selected Otto Porter Jr. out of Georgetown. Porter will be a hometown favorite for the Wizards, but he also brings great length on the wing and excellent defensive skills. Putting him next to John Wall and Bradley Beal, this team has an excellent core to build around for the future.

Chris Bosh was the 4th pick taken in the 2003 Draft, selected by the Toronto Raptors. He never really got the help he needed while in Toronto, leading him to jump ship and join Dwyane Wade and LeBron James in Miami. He may be looked at as the third wheel to the Big 3, but he has been an important part of the Heat’s back-to-back title runs.

This year, the Charlotte Bobcats selected Cody Zeller out of Indiana. Zeller has great fundamentals and a high basketball IQ. Ever since the formation of the Charlotte Bobcats, they have only had one winning season. This team doesn’t have a lot of talent, but they have some young pieces. This team will need a lot more help if they want to be successful.

In 2003, the Miami Heat selected Dwyane Wade with the fifth pick. After a great tourney run at Marquette, his draft stock rose, eventually becoming a top 5 player in the NBA. Unfortunately, he was eventually slowed down by knee injuries. In this year’s draft, the Phoenix Suns selected Alex Len, the big man out of Maryland. Len is a true 7 footer with great post moves. Surely, he will be an anchor down low for years to come.

This year’s Draft also featured top prospects like Nerlens Noel, Ben McLemore, Trey Burke, C.J. McCollum, and Michael Carter-Williams. While this draft has lots of talent, the 2003 Draft had superstar talent that has anchored the NBA for the past 10 years. We can only wait and see what this year’s talent can do with their futures.

Can this year's draft class stack up to 2003′s? Only time can tell.

Can this year’s draft class stack up to 2003′s? Only time can tell.

-S. Dot

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