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On this date in 2003, LeBron, D-Wade and Melo entered the league.


On this date in 2003, one of the greatest drafts in NBA produced some of the key players still very much present in today's league. This draft featured a couple of all-stars and solid role players who proved they could be valid contributors to their respective teams.

At 18 years old and coming straight out of high school, LeBron James was drafted as the first overall pick and was named "The Chosen One". It's safe to say there were a lot of expectations from him from the early start of his career.

Up until now, LeBron won 4 regular-season MVP awards, and three NBA titles with Miami Heat and his hometown team Cleveland Cavaliers. In recent years, he's been constantly involved in the GOAT conversations and is definitely one of the greatest players in recent NBA history.

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Carmelo Anthony was the NCAA champion with Syracuse and was selected as the 3rd pick by Denver Nuggets. He was eventually selected into 10 all-star teams is considered by many to be one of the best offensive talents in the league.

Chris Bosh was a prominent young player coming to NBA and was selected as the 4th pick by the Toronto Raptors. Bosh is an 11-time NBA all-star who proved to be a vital piece in Miami during their championship runs. Unfortunately, Bosh has continued blood clotting which kept him away from playing basketball for the past two seasons.

Dwyane Wade was selected as the 5th pick in the 2003 draft by Miami Heat. D-Wade brought three Larry O'Brien trophies to South Beach and will go down in the history of the NBA as one of the most versatile shooting guards. Wade is a 12-time NBA all-star and probably the greatest player in Miami Heat's franchise history.

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