The 2003 NBA Draft Class is one of the more top-heavy draft classes in recent memory. It included the Heat’s current big three (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh) and Carmelo Anthony. The draft also included all-stars Chris Kaman (picked #6), David West (picked #18), and Mo Williams (picked #47) and then it’s had some nice role players in Kirk Hinrich (picked #7), Mickael Pietrus (picked #11), Boris Diaw (picked #21), and Kendrick Perkins (picked #27).
Wade shared his thoughts of that particular draft class with our own Phillip Barnett.
“This is an opportunity for [Carmelo Anthony], myself, and Lebron, who all have a unique bond, to get the opportunity to share that. And then, we had the moment when Chris [Bosh] came in and it gave an opportunity for all of us just to be boys. At the end of the day, we’re just like everyone else who have their crew or their clique, we just happen to play in the NBA.”
Off the court, the guys Wade mentioned are good friends off the court. And he’s right; they have their own clique and bond because of that draft class just like all of us have our own groups and cliques of friends because of our own unique bonds. They just happen to be professional athletes and play in the best basketball league in the world. Those guys grew up together in the league. And in their off days, they either go to parties or play video games. They do the same things we do but they’re in the public eye.
I mean, we take a more broad look and they’re really all just co-workers in different locations. And three of them happened to be working together for the same team. But in Sunday’s game, they will all be working together in one team. It’s their reward for doing a great job in their workplace. The All-Star weekend happens to be their convention to all get together.
But in basketball terms, the 2003 Draft class will be one of the more memorable ones of all-time. It produced guys like LeBron, Wade, Bosh, and Melo. We may be hard-pressed to find a more talented group in the same draft class than 2003.