2003 Draft Do-Over

01.07.08 10 years ago 40 Comments
IMAGE DESCRIPTIONWho gets ‘Melo? (Photo. Mannion)

Before getting into this next NBA Draft Do-Over (see ’05 HERE), let’s go over some ground rules:

1) The idea is that while each team has the same roster it had at the time of the Draft, they also have the benefit of knowing how good each potential draftee will be as of today. For example, the Miami Heat would go into the ’03 do-over knowing that D-Wade is a franchise player who can carry a team to a ‘chip and throw up 24-point, 6-assist averages, but not knowing that they’re going to trade for Shaq in ’04. As far as Miami knows, their ’03 draft pick will be part of a foundation that includes Caron Butler and Eddie Jones. (Lamar Odom signed with Miami two months after the ’03 Draft.)

2) You cannot predict injuries. For the ’03 do-over, teams know that T.J. Ford will be a very good point guard in the League and arguably the fastest player in the game with the ball in his hands. They do not know that neck/spine injuries will plague T.J.’s career or that he’ll have to miss an entire season because of them.

3) Potential still matters. As of this day in 2008, we know Chris Kaman is a budding star who hasn’t hit his peak. In the ’03 do-over, teams considering drafting Kaman are in the same position. They know he’ll be capable of putting up close to 20 points, 15 boards and 3 blocks a night by his fourth season, but — just like us — they don’t know how much better he can get in his fifth year and beyond.

All clear? OK then, here’s the ’03 Do-Over Lottery:

1. Cleveland — LeBron James, SF, St. Vincent/St. Mary’s H.S. (Ohio)
2. Detroit — Carmelo Anthony, SF, Syracuse
3. Denver — Dwyane Wade, SG, Marquette
4. Toronto — Chris Bosh, PF, Georgia Tech
5. Miami — Chris Kaman, C, Central Michigan
6. L.A. Clippers — Josh Howard, SF, Wake Forest
7. Chicago — Mo Williams, PG, Alabama
8. Milwaukee — Kirk Hinrich, PG, Kansas
9. New York — T.J. Ford, PG, Texas
10. Washington — David West, PF, Xavier
11. Golden State — Darko Milicic, C/PF, Serbia
12. Seattle — Leandro Barbosa, PG/SG, Brazil
13. Memphis — Travis Outlaw, SF, Starkville H.S. (Miss.)
14. Seattle — Kendrick Perkins, C, Ozen H.S. (Texas)

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