Draft Day Memories
So many players to choose from, so little wiggle room. One good selection -- or one poor pick -- can define a career and make for lasting memories. So, to get the atmosphere of those special days, we asked three NBA GMs for their favorite draft day memories.
Five Who Could Go Fourth
Express Yourself presented by Sprite: NBA.com users respond to the question, "With LeBron James, Darko Milicic and Carmelo Anthony set as the top three picks, who should go fourth in NBA Draft 2003 and why?"
With the competition and talent level in the NBA, it is rare for a single draft to produce a solid crop of starters, let alone multiple Hall of Famers. From 1950 to 1996, NBA.com takes a look back at 10 drafts that made their marks on the history of the game.
Will Luke be Overlooked?
Rbk All-Access: Luke Walton saw his draft stock tumble when a sprained ankle forced him to sit out four games during his senior year at Arizona, but the Wildcat may be a wild card come draft day.
Hinrich Gets the Point
Rbk All-Access: General managers and scouts feel that Kirk Hinrich has the size, speed and stroke, to go with a healthy set of intangibles you’d expect from a coach’s son, all of which should bring him success on the NBA level.
Rbk All-Access: University of Memphis coach and former Nets coach John Calipari breaks down the top college players, as well as high-school prospects, in NBA Draft 2003.
In Amare Stoudemire's case, the Rookie of the Year Award was a product of his own skill and dedication, but more importantly, it was the culmination of talent and desire brewing within an organization eager to catalyze his success. If LeBron James wants a model for taking on the NBA straight out of high school, he need look no further than Phoenix.
They don't have green skin, they don't suffer from uncontrollable rage, and they aren't able to make chest passes with parked cars. But they are as strong a trio of prospects as the draft has seen in some time.
There was a time that the NBA Draft went up to 20 rounds, and with so many picks, teams were free to take some chances. Whether it was a track star, a female player, or an unknown giant from overseas, there have been some truly interesting selections over the years in the NBA Draft.
You Snooze, You Lose
What about those guys who seemingly came out of nowhere, unheralded, from little schools and small conferences? What about those guys who, after playing a few years in the NBA, you asked: "He was a second-round pick?" NBA.com takes a look at the greatest draft sleepers in NBA history. These men made their GMs look smart. Really smart.
Sleepers in '03
Express Yourself presented by Sprite: NBA.com users respond to the question, "Who is the best sleeper pick in NBA Draft 2003 and why?"
NBA.com is taking another shot at the top 20 picks between 1994 and 1998. Accounting for such factors as All-Star appearances, career stats, longevity and injuries, here are some of the drafts that could have been.
The Long and the Short
How will the first 13 picks play out in NBA Draft 2003? We interviewed two scouts -- one from an Eastern Conference team, and one from a Western Conference team -- and here are their predictions for the lottery teams.
NBA Draft 2003 will be highly unusual in this respect: there may be a larger number of immediate impact players in the second round than in the first round. And many of these second round impact players will be the best of the group that played at the 2003 Pre-Draft Camp in Chicago.
Cavs Win Lottery
The Cavaliers won the NBA Draft Lottery on May 22, and Cleveland chairman Gordon Gund said afterward his team will select LeBron James at NBA Draft 2003 on June 26.