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Sports WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The players from LeBron James' legendary 2003 NBA Draft

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The 2003 NBA Draft produced legendary players like LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, and Carmelo Anthony. Like all drafts, it also produced some infamous busts.

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(Shannon Stapleton / Reuters)

  • The 2003 NBA Draft is regarded as one of the best of all time.
  • The first fives picks alone produced NBA legends like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade — some of the most successful players in NBA history.
  • Like all drafts, it also produced busts who didn't accomplish much in the NBA and fell out of the league quickly.
  • Today, many players are still involved in basketball while some have moved on entirely.

The 2003 NBA Draft remains one of the most legendary drafts in NBA history.

Though it may lack the depth of the classic 1996 Kobe Bryant draft, it was among the most top-heavy we've ever seen: LeBron James went first, and the top five picks were rounded out by Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade.

Of course, like all drafts, it also produced some famous busts, role players, and players who went into other fields after their playing days were over.

See what happened to the top 29 picks of the draft below:

Tony Manfred contributed to this report.

LeBron James was picked No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

LeBron James was picked No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers. play

LeBron James was picked No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

(REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)


James is in his 16th season and is still regarded as the best player in the NBA and one of the best players of all time, with four MVPs and three titles. He's now with the Los Angeles Lakers.

James is in his 16th season and is still regarded as the best player in the NBA and one of the best players of all time, with four MVPs and three titles. He's now with the Los Angeles Lakers. play

James is in his 16th season and is still regarded as the best player in the NBA and one of the best players of all time, with four MVPs and three titles. He's now with the Los Angeles Lakers.

(Harry How/Getty)


Darko Milicic was picked No. 2 overall by the Detroit Pistons.

Darko Milicic was picked No. 2 overall by the Detroit Pistons. play

Darko Milicic was picked No. 2 overall by the Detroit Pistons.

(REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)


Considered one of the biggest draft busts ever, Milicic played for six teams in ten years. He later played overseas, became a kickboxer, and now lives on an apple farm in Serbia.

Considered one of the biggest draft busts ever, Milicic played for six teams in ten years. He later played overseas, became a kickboxer, and now lives on an apple farm in Serbia. play

Considered one of the biggest draft busts ever, Milicic played for six teams in ten years. He later played overseas, became a kickboxer, and now lives on an apple farm in Serbia.

("E:60"/ESPN)

Read more: One of the NBA's most notorious draft busts is now a happy apple farmer in Serbia who laughs about his NBA career >



Carmelo Anthony was picked No. 3 overall by the Denver Nuggets.

Carmelo Anthony was picked No. 3 overall by the Denver Nuggets. play

Carmelo Anthony was picked No. 3 overall by the Denver Nuggets.

(REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)


Anthony is a 10-time All-Star, but has bounced around the NBA in recent years. He was traded from the New York Knicks to the Oklahoma City Thunder last season. He played 10 games with the Houston Rockets this season, but was bought out and is currently un-signed.

Anthony is a 10-time All-Star, but has bounced around the NBA in recent years. He was traded from the New York Knicks to the Oklahoma City Thunder last season. He played 10 games with the Houston Rockets this season, but was bought out and is currently un-signed. play

Anthony is a 10-time All-Star, but has bounced around the NBA in recent years. He was traded from the New York Knicks to the Oklahoma City Thunder last season. He played 10 games with the Houston Rockets this season, but was bought out and is currently un-signed.

(Mary Altaffer/AP)


Chris Bosh was picked No. 4 overall by the Toronto Raptors.

Chris Bosh was picked No. 4 overall by the Toronto Raptors. play

Chris Bosh was picked No. 4 overall by the Toronto Raptors.

(REUTERS/Peter Jones)


Bosh's career took a turn when he was twice diagnosed with bloodclots. He hasn't played since 2016. He was an 11-time All-Star.

Bosh's career took a turn when he was twice diagnosed with bloodclots. He hasn't played since 2016. He was an 11-time All-Star. play

Bosh's career took a turn when he was twice diagnosed with bloodclots. He hasn't played since 2016. He was an 11-time All-Star.

(Wilfredo Lee/AP)


Dwyane Wade was picked No. 5 overall by the Miami Heat.

Dwyane Wade was picked No. 5 overall by the Miami Heat. play

Dwyane Wade was picked No. 5 overall by the Miami Heat.

(REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)


After 13 seasons with the Heat, Wade briefly hopped around the league. He played one year with the Bulls, half a season with the Cavs, then got traded back to Miami in 2018.

After 13 seasons with the Heat, Wade briefly hopped around the league. He played one year with the Bulls, half a season with the Cavs, then got traded back to Miami in 2018. play

After 13 seasons with the Heat, Wade briefly hopped around the league. He played one year with the Bulls, half a season with the Cavs, then got traded back to Miami in 2018.

(Chris Szagola/AP)


Chris Kaman was picked No. 6 overall by the Los Angeles Clippers.

Chris Kaman was picked No. 6 overall by the Los Angeles Clippers. play

Chris Kaman was picked No. 6 overall by the Los Angeles Clippers.

(Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty)


Kaman retired from the NBA in 2015-16. He played 13 seasons, making one all-Star team, and made $86 million. It's unclear what he does now, but he was inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.

Kaman retired from the NBA in 2015-16. He played 13 seasons, making one all-Star team, and made $86 million. It's unclear what he does now, but he was inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. play

Kaman retired from the NBA in 2015-16. He played 13 seasons, making one all-Star team, and made $86 million. It's unclear what he does now, but he was inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.

(via WOOD TV8/YouTube)


Kirk Hinrich was picked No. 7 overall by the Chicago Bulls

Kirk Hinrich was picked No. 7 overall by the Chicago Bulls play

Kirk Hinrich was picked No. 7 overall by the Chicago Bulls

(REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)


Hinrich played 13 seasons in the NBA, 11 of them with the Bulls. He now works with Sanford Power basketball, a training a facility in the midwest.

Hinrich played 13 seasons in the NBA, 11 of them with the Bulls. He now works with Sanford Power basketball, a training a facility in the midwest. play

Hinrich played 13 seasons in the NBA, 11 of them with the Bulls. He now works with Sanford Power basketball, a training a facility in the midwest.

(SUX Sports/YouTube)

Source: Argus Leader



TJ Ford was picked No. 8 overall by the Milwaukee Bucks.

TJ Ford was picked No. 8 overall by the Milwaukee Bucks. play

TJ Ford was picked No. 8 overall by the Milwaukee Bucks.

(Brian Bahr/Getty)


Ford had to retire in 2012 because of a spinal injury. He ran basketball camps for Texas high school players after retiring and will play in the Big3 three-on-three league in 2018.

Ford had to retire in 2012 because of a spinal injury. He ran basketball camps for Texas high school players after retiring and will play in the Big3 three-on-three league in 2018. play

Ford had to retire in 2012 because of a spinal injury. He ran basketball camps for Texas high school players after retiring and will play in the Big3 three-on-three league in 2018.

(Texas Longhorns/YouTube)

Source: ESPN



Michael Sweetney was picked No. 9 overall by the New York Knicks.

Michael Sweetney was picked No. 9 overall by the New York Knicks. play

Michael Sweetney was picked No. 9 overall by the New York Knicks.

(REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)


He fell out of the league in 2007 after struggling with weight issues. He now is an advocate for mental wellness after opening up about his own struggles with depression.

He fell out of the league in 2007 after struggling with weight issues. He now is an advocate for mental wellness after opening up about his own struggles with depression. play

He fell out of the league in 2007 after struggling with weight issues. He now is an advocate for mental wellness after opening up about his own struggles with depression.

(DoctorNBA/YouTube)

Source: Hoops Hype



Jarvis Hayes was picked No. 10 overall by the Washington Wizards.

Jarvis Hayes was picked No. 10 overall by the Washington Wizards. play

Jarvis Hayes was picked No. 10 overall by the Washington Wizards.

(Doug Pensinger/Getty)


Hayes played seven seasons in the NBA. IN 2016, he was hired by the SEC Network as an analyst and now coaches the Atlanta Celtics, an Atlanta-based program that train student-athletes for college.

Hayes played seven seasons in the NBA. IN 2016, he was hired by the SEC Network as an analyst and now coaches the Atlanta Celtics, an Atlanta-based program that train student-athletes for college. play

Hayes played seven seasons in the NBA. IN 2016, he was hired by the SEC Network as an analyst and now coaches the Atlanta Celtics, an Atlanta-based program that train student-athletes for college.

(YouTube)

Source: Jarvis Hayes/Twitter



Mickael Pietrus was picked No. 11 overall by the Golden State Warriors

Mickael Pietrus was picked No. 11 overall by the Golden State Warriors play

Mickael Pietrus was picked No. 11 overall by the Golden State Warriors

(REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)


He was a solid role player around the league for years, last playing in 2013. He has since played professionally in France.

He was a solid role player around the league for years, last playing in 2013. He has since played professionally in France. play

He was a solid role player around the league for years, last playing in 2013. He has since played professionally in France.

(Rich Pedroncelli/AP)


Nick Collison was picked No. 12 overall by the Seattle Sonics.

Nick Collison was picked No. 12 overall by the Seattle Sonics. play

Nick Collison was picked No. 12 overall by the Seattle Sonics.

(Ronald Martinez/Getty)


Collison played for the Sonics/Thunder for his entire career. He announced his retirement in May 2018.

Collison played for the Sonics/Thunder for his entire career. He announced his retirement in May 2018. play

Collison played for the Sonics/Thunder for his entire career. He announced his retirement in May 2018.

(David Zalubowski/AP)


Marcus Banks was picked No. 13 overall and traded to the Boston Celtics.

Marcus Banks was picked No. 13 overall and traded to the Boston Celtics. play

Marcus Banks was picked No. 13 overall and traded to the Boston Celtics.

(Jamie Squire/Getty Images)


Banks played internationally after ten years in the NBA. He has worked as an analyst on NBA TV and played in the Big3.

Banks played internationally after ten years in the NBA. He has worked as an analyst on NBA TV and played in the Big3. play

Banks played internationally after ten years in the NBA. He has worked as an analyst on NBA TV and played in the Big3.

(J Pat Carter/Getty)


Luke Ridnour was picked No. 14 overall by the Seattle Sonics.

Luke Ridnour was picked No. 14 overall by the Seattle Sonics. play

Luke Ridnour was picked No. 14 overall by the Seattle Sonics.

(Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)


Ridnour retired in 2016 after 12 years in the NBA. He occasionally trains basketball players and works with his son's basketball team.

Ridnour retired in 2016 after 12 years in the NBA. He occasionally trains basketball players and works with his son's basketball team. play

Ridnour retired in 2016 after 12 years in the NBA. He occasionally trains basketball players and works with his son's basketball team.

(William Jessup University/YouTube)

Source: Yakima Herald



Reece Gaines was picked No. 15 overall by the Orlando Magic.

Reece Gaines was picked No. 15 overall by the Orlando Magic. play

Reece Gaines was picked No. 15 overall by the Orlando Magic.

(Ed Betz/AP)


Gaines played seven years in the NBA, and is now head coach of Eastern Kentucky University.

Gaines played seven years in the NBA, and is now head coach of Eastern Kentucky University. play

Gaines played seven years in the NBA, and is now head coach of Eastern Kentucky University.

(Park Community Credit Union/YouTube)


Troy Bell was picked No. 16 overall and traded to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Troy Bell was picked No. 16 overall and traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. play

Troy Bell was picked No. 16 overall and traded to the Memphis Grizzlies.

(REUTERS)


Bell only played one season in the NBA. He has since played overseas, most recently in Argentina. He is also an R&B artist.

Bell only played one season in the NBA. He has since played overseas, most recently in Argentina. He is also an R&B artist. play

Bell only played one season in the NBA. He has since played overseas, most recently in Argentina. He is also an R&B artist.

(YouTube)

Source: BC Interruption



Zarko Cabarkapa was picked No. 17 overall by the Phoenix Suns.

Zarko Cabarkapa was picked No. 17 overall by the Phoenix Suns. play

Zarko Cabarkapa was picked No. 17 overall by the Phoenix Suns.

(REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)


He only played three years in the NBA. In 2015, he became the sports director of the Adriatic Basketball Association League.

He only played three years in the NBA. In 2015, he became the sports director of the Adriatic Basketball Association League. play

He only played three years in the NBA. In 2015, he became the sports director of the Adriatic Basketball Association League.

(ABA Liga/YouTube)

Source: HoopsHype



David West was picked No. 18 overall by the New Orleans Hornets.

David West was picked No. 18 overall by the New Orleans Hornets. play

David West was picked No. 18 overall by the New Orleans Hornets.

(Elsa/Getty Images)


West was a two-time All-Star, playing for four teams in 15 years. He retired in 2018.

West was a two-time All-Star, playing for four teams in 15 years. He retired in 2018. play

West was a two-time All-Star, playing for four teams in 15 years. He retired in 2018.

(Denis Poroy/AP)


Sasha Pavlovic was picked No. 19 overall by the Utah Jazz.

Sasha Pavlovic was picked No. 19 overall by the Utah Jazz. play

Sasha Pavlovic was picked No. 19 overall by the Utah Jazz.

(REUTERS/Steve Wilson)


After 10 years as a role player in the NBA, he returned to play in Europe. He was cut from the Greek club Panathinaikos in early 2016.

After 10 years as a role player in the NBA, he returned to play in Europe. He was cut from the Greek club Panathinaikos in early 2016. play

After 10 years as a role player in the NBA, he returned to play in Europe. He was cut from the Greek club Panathinaikos in early 2016.

(YouTube)

Source: EuroHoops



Dahntay Jones was picked No. 20 overall and traded to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Dahntay Jones was picked No. 20 overall and traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. play

Dahntay Jones was picked No. 20 overall and traded to the Memphis Grizzlies.

(REUTERS/Steve Wilson)


Jones has bounced around the NBA. He last played in 2017 and now appears as an analyst for various networks.

Jones has bounced around the NBA. He last played in 2017 and now appears as an analyst for various networks. play

Jones has bounced around the NBA. He last played in 2017 and now appears as an analyst for various networks.

(FS1)

Source: Bleacher Report



Boris Diaw was picked No. 21 overall by the Atlanta Hawks.

Boris Diaw was picked No. 21 overall by the Atlanta Hawks. play

Boris Diaw was picked No. 21 overall by the Atlanta Hawks.

(Jamie Squire/Getty)


Diaw played 14 seasons in the NBA, playing a key role in the Spurs' 2014 championship. He played professionally in France in 2017 and now appears to travel the world.



Zoran Planinic was picked No. 22 overall by the New Jersey Nets.

Zoran Planinic was picked No. 22 overall by the New Jersey Nets. play

Zoran Planinic was picked No. 22 overall by the New Jersey Nets.

(Ed Betz/AP)


Planinic went back to Europe in 2006 and was the MVP of the 2012 Eurocup while playing for Russian team BC Khimki Moscow. He most recently played for the Turkish club Efes in 2014.

Planinic went back to Europe in 2006 and was the MVP of the 2012 Eurocup while playing for Russian team BC Khimki Moscow. He most recently played for the Turkish club Efes in 2014. play

Planinic went back to Europe in 2006 and was the MVP of the 2012 Eurocup while playing for Russian team BC Khimki Moscow. He most recently played for the Turkish club Efes in 2014.

(Wikimedia Commons)


Travis Outlaw was picked No. 23 overall by the Portland Trail Blazers.

Travis Outlaw was picked No. 23 overall by the Portland Trail Blazers. play

Travis Outlaw was picked No. 23 overall by the Portland Trail Blazers.

(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)


After seven seasons with the Blazers, Outlaw bounced around the league and eventually fell out in 2014 after being waived by the 76ers. He pleaded guilty to a charge of marijuana possession in 2016. He now hosts basketball camps in Mississippi.

After seven seasons with the Blazers, Outlaw bounced around the league and eventually fell out in 2014 after being waived by the 76ers. He pleaded guilty to a charge of marijuana possession in 2016. He now hosts basketball camps in Mississippi. play

After seven seasons with the Blazers, Outlaw bounced around the league and eventually fell out in 2014 after being waived by the 76ers. He pleaded guilty to a charge of marijuana possession in 2016. He now hosts basketball camps in Mississippi.

(Matt Slocum/AP)

Source: Columbus Dispatch, Starkville Daily News



Brian Cook was picked No. 24 overall by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Brian Cook was picked No. 24 overall by the Los Angeles Lakers. play

Brian Cook was picked No. 24 overall by the Los Angeles Lakers.

(Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)



Cook last played in the NBA in 2014. After playing in Japan, Cook played in the Big3 last season.

Cook last played in the NBA in 2014. After playing in Japan, Cook played in the Big3 last season. play

Cook last played in the NBA in 2014. After playing in Japan, Cook played in the Big3 last season.

(Grant Halverson/Getty)


Carlos Delfino was picked No. 25 overall by the Detroit Pistons.

Carlos Delfino was picked No. 25 overall by the Detroit Pistons. play

Carlos Delfino was picked No. 25 overall by the Detroit Pistons.

(REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)


Delfino last played in the NBA in 2013. He played for his native Argentina in the Rio Olympics in 2016 and briefly played in Spain afterward.

Delfino last played in the NBA in 2013. He played for his native Argentina in the Rio Olympics in 2016 and briefly played in Spain afterward. play

Delfino last played in the NBA in 2013. He played for his native Argentina in the Rio Olympics in 2016 and briefly played in Spain afterward.

(Charlie Neibergall/AP)


Ndudi Ebi was picked No. 26 by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Ndudi Ebi was picked No. 26 by the Minnesota Timberwolves. play

Ndudi Ebi was picked No. 26 by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

(REUTERS/Ron Kuntz)


He played two years in the NBA and has played overseas, most recently in China.

He played two years in the NBA and has played overseas, most recently in China. play

He played two years in the NBA and has played overseas, most recently in China.

(Auxilium Cus Torino/YouTube)

Source: BeBasket



Kendrick Perkins was picked No. 27 overall and traded to the Boston Celtics.

Kendrick Perkins was picked No. 27 overall and traded to the Boston Celtics. play

Kendrick Perkins was picked No. 27 overall and traded to the Boston Celtics.

(Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)


Perkins was a successful role player for several teams. He last played on the Cavaliers in 2018.

Perkins was a successful role player for several teams. He last played on the Cavaliers in 2018. play

Perkins was a successful role player for several teams. He last played on the Cavaliers in 2018.

(Tony Dejak/AP)


Leandro Barbosa was picked No. 28 overall and traded to the Phoenix Suns.

Leandro Barbosa was picked No. 28 overall and traded to the Phoenix Suns. play

Leandro Barbosa was picked No. 28 overall and traded to the Phoenix Suns.

(REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)


Barbosa played 14 years in the NBA, winning Sixth Man of the Year and two championships with the Warriors. He last played with the Suns in 2017 and now plays in Brazil.

Barbosa played 14 years in the NBA, winning Sixth Man of the Year and two championships with the Warriors. He last played with the Suns in 2017 and now plays in Brazil. play

Barbosa played 14 years in the NBA, winning Sixth Man of the Year and two championships with the Warriors. He last played with the Suns in 2017 and now plays in Brazil.

(FIBA)


Josh Howard was picked No. 29 overall by the Dallas Mavericks.

Josh Howard was picked No. 29 overall by the Dallas Mavericks. play

Josh Howard was picked No. 29 overall by the Dallas Mavericks.

(REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)


Howard left the NBA in 2013 after an injury-plagued career. He was hired as head coach of the Piedmont International University basketball team in 2016.

Howard left the NBA in 2013 after an injury-plagued career. He was hired as head coach of the Piedmont International University basketball team in 2016. play

Howard left the NBA in 2013 after an injury-plagued career. He was hired as head coach of the Piedmont International University basketball team in 2016.

(WXII 12 News/YouTube)

Source: Hoop Dirt



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Now, relive some of the best buzzer-beaters in basketball this year... play

Now, relive some of the best buzzer-beaters in basketball this year...

(Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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