Although each one contains a high level of talent, not every NBA Draft class is created equal.
Some classes have a slew of huge stars, while others end up fizzling out.
Then there are classes like the draft class of 2003, which was filled with multiple future superstars who would quickly take over and dominate the league.
19 years ago, we were introduced to one of the NBA's most iconic draft classes 🔥 pic.twitter.com/oTQ8g2T684
— ESPN (@espn) June 26, 2022
Today we celebrate 2003’s group of young ballers, which included Chris Bosh who went to the Toronto Raptors, Dwyane Wade who went to the Miami Heat, Carmelo Anthony who headed to the Denver Nuggets, and LeBron James who of course was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
This lineup had NBA fans all over the world excited.
When these men were signed to the league, it marked a new chapter for the association and each of these lucky teams.
The rest, as they say, is history.
A New League
While most people would say that James ended up being the biggest star out of this group, each of these men have had huge careers in the league.
Three out of four of them won rings – together – and each led their respective teams in some exciting ways.
More than that, they raised awareness for the league, garnered millions of fans, and sold billions of dollars in ticket sales and merchandise.
When you talk about the greatest players in recent history, each of these players is usually mentioned.
Surprisingly, two of these guys are still player.
Both James and Anthony are signed to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Meanwhile, Bosh and Wade make appearances commenting on games on national television.
These future Hall of Famers definitely changed the game – and it all started back in 2003.