"The Voice of the Clippers," Ralph Lawler, checks in again with Clippers.com to give an updated look at how he thinks the 2003 NBA Draft will shape up. The action is heating up as time is ticking off the clock....

June 23rd - The Rumors are Flying! Any pick from 3 on down could be traded by the end of Draft Day 2003. With that in mind, heres the way it looks as we approach D-Day:

#1 Cleveland LeBron James - St. Vincent-St. Mary H.S.
Ralph's Take:
They love him even more after a 45 minute work-out last week. No player has ever been so highly touted coming into the league. In this case, the teenage schoolboy from Ohio has the game to match the hype. Coach Paul Silas already has him written in as his starting point guard. .


#2 Detroit Darko Milicic - Yugoslavia
Ralph's Take:
Hes a 7-1 Euro star with an uncharacteristic low post game and a bit of a mean streak. He can also step out and make jump shots. Just turned 18. Now Ben Wallace can be a full-time power forward.


#3 Denver Carmelo Anthony - Syracuse
Ralph's Take:
If he were to wait a year he would be Number 1 over-all in the 2004 draft. But hes ready now and his NCAA Title as a freshman at Syracuse made his decision to turn pro an easy one. Kiki is not encouraging trade offers but he is listening to them.


#4 Toronto Chris Bosh - Georgia Tech
Ralph's Take:
Hes a 6-10, 219-pounder. Athletic. A very smooth offensive player with 3-point range. Raptors would love to bring in an established player in trade. Ill be surprised if they hold on to this pick.


#5 Miami Maciej Lampe Poland
Ralph's Take:
One of those Dirk Nowitzki-types: a 7-footer who can run the floor and shoot the lights out. Hes only 18 and probably a bit of a project, but Riley likes his upside.


#6 CLIPPERS Chris Kaman - Central Michigan
Ralph's Take:
With Podkolzin back in Russia, they turn to Plan B. Not a bad fall-back option. The big 7-footer is much further along than Michael Olowokandi was when he was tabbed as the first overall pick in 1998. Hes 7-0 and 255.


#7 Chicago Dwayne Wade - Marquette
Ralph's Take:
Talented combo-guard seems to be just what the Bulls want. Not a great shooter but hell find a way to score. Bulls could move this pick, but Wade seems like the perfect choice in light of the Jay Williams motorcycle accident.


#8 Milwaukee T.J. Ford - Texas
Ralph's Take:
Best point guard instincts of any player entering the league since Jason Kidd turned pro in 1994. Wooden and Naismith Award winner. Could be the fastest player in the game. Bucks would be thrilled to have him fall into their laps at #8.


#9 New York Kirk Hinrich - Kansas
Ralph's Take:
Had impressive work-outs. The Knicks have a need at his position and hes too good for them to pass up. This young man can really shoot the ball.


#10 Washington Jarvis Hayes - Georgia
Ralph's Take:
Everybody loves a shooter and Hayes can shoot. He needs to get better off the dribble. Has an NBA body at 6-7 and 220. Could opt for Pietrus here.


#11 Golden State Luke Ridnour - Oregon
Ralph's Take:
Warriors had hoped for Hinrich, but will settle for Luke as a point guard replacement for free agent-to-be, Gilbert Arenas who appears to have one foot out the door.


#12 Seattle Mike Sweetney - Georgetown
Ralph's Take:
Hes big and strong and the Sonics could use some of both. They also own #14 and may try to swap both picks for a spot in the Top 5.


#13 Memphis Mickael Pietrus - France
Ralph's Take:
Jerry West would trade up in the draft to take this guy if he had too. He might not have to. This is a pick the Grizzlies got from Houston. It hardly replaces the one they gave up to Detroit, but the athletic Pietrus has a big up-side for a player chosen #13.



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