2003 NBA re-draft: The way it should have been

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In the running for one of the greatest classes in NBA history, the 2003 NBA Draft class featured multiple future Hall-of-Famers and various excellent role players.

Among the legends taken in the 2003 class: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh, all taken within the top five selections. The fifth player to go in the Top 5, however, Darko Milicic, will go down as one of the worst picks in draft history considering the players who went directly after him.

Besides those top-notch players, the 2003 class also included many super solid role players, including Kyle Korver, David West, Chris Kaman, Mo Williams, Josh Howard, Kirk Hinrich, Nick Collison and Luke Ridnour.

Below, we re-draft the 2003 draft class in the order we think they should have gone in.

No. 1 pick: LeBron James

LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers

Actual position: No. 1 Career earnings: $349,330,546 Career stats: 27.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 7.4 apg, 50.4 FG%, 34.5 3P%

No. 2 pick: Dwyane Wade

Actual position: No. 5 Career earnings: $199,499,205 Career stats: 22.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 5.4 apg, 48.0 FG%, 29.3 3P%

No. 3 pick: Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony held back by Enes Kanter
Carmelo Anthony held back by Enes Kanter

Actual position: No. 3 Career earnings: $238,202,011 Career stats: 23.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.8 apg, 44.7 FG%, 35.3 3P%

No. 4 pick: Chris Bosh

Actual position: No. 4 Career earnings: $242,110,053 Career stats: 19.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 bpg, 49.4 FG%

No. 5 pick: David West

Actual position: No. 18 Career earnings: $93,047,916 Career stats: 13.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.2 apg, 49.5 FG%

No. 6 pick: Kyle Korver

Actual position: No. 51 Career earnings: $82,712,208 Career stats: 9.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.7 apg, 42.9 3P%

No. 7 pick: Mo Williams

Actual position: No. 47 Career earnings: $67,606,431 Career stats: 13.2 ppg, 4.9 apg, 2.8 rpg, 37.8 3P%

No. 8 pick: Jose Calderon

Actual position: Undrafted Career earnings: $86,202,087 Career stats: 8.9 ppg, 5.8 apg, 2.4 rpg, 40.7 3P%

No. 9 pick: Boris Diaw

Actual position: No. 21 Career earnings: $81,865,921 Career stats: 8.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.5 apg, 49.3 FG%

No. 10 pick: Leandro Barbosa

Actual position: No. 28 Career earnings: $47,617,717 Career stats: 10.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.1 apg, 38.7 3P%

No. 11 pick: Chris Kaman

Actual position: No. 6 Career earnings: $86,527,368 Career stats: 11.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.3 apg, 48.9 FG%

No. 12 pick: Josh Howard

Actual position: No. 29 Career earnings: $40,327,083 Career stats: 14.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.6 apg, 44.8 FG%

No. 13 pick: Zaza Pachulia

Actual position: No. 42 Career earnings: $60,356,464 Career stats: 6.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 46.9 FG%

No. 14 pick: Kirk Hinrich

Actual position: No. 7 Career earnings: $71,692,268 Career stats: 10.9 ppg, 4.8 apg, 2.9 rpg, 37.5 FG%

No. 15 pick: Nick Collison

Actual position: No. 12 Career earnings: $60,322,642 Career stats: 5.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.0 apg, 53.4 FG%

No. 16 pick: TJ Ford

Actual position: No. 8 Career earnings: $43,534,324 Career stats: 11.2 ppg, 5.8 apg, 3.1 rpg, 43.3 FG%

No. 17 pick: Luke Ridnour

Actual position: No. 14 Career earnings: $45,269,478 Career stats: 9.3 ppg, 4.5 apg, 2.3 rpg, 43.1 FG%

No. 18 pick: Kendrick Perkins

Kendrick Perkins
Kendrick Perkins

Actual position: No. 27 Career earnings: $56,886,841 Career stats: 5.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.0 apg, 53.0 FG%

No. 19 pick: Steve Blake

Actual position: No. 38 Career earnings: $36,946,977 Career stats: 6.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 4.0 apg, 38.3 3P%

No. 20 pick: Marquis Daniels

Actual position: Undrafted Career earnings: $36,697,352 Career stats: 7.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 45.1 FG%

No. 21 pick: Carlos Delfino

Actual position: No. 25 Career earnings: $24,777,037 Career stats: 8.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.7 apg, 36.5 3P%

No. 22 pick: Matt Bonner

Actual position: No. 45 Career earnings: $30,128,334 Career stats: 5.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 0.7 apg, 46.4 FG%

No. 23 pick: James Jones

Actual position: No. 49 Career earnings: $25,835,822 Career stats: 5.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.5 apg, 40.1 3P%

No. 24 pick: Travis Outlaw

Travis Outlaw, Portland Trail Blazers
Travis Outlaw, Portland Trail Blazers

Actual position: No. 23 Career earnings: $44,871,226 Career stats: 8.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 0.8 apg, 42.3 FG%

No. 25 pick: Mickael Pietrus

Mickael Pietrus, Orlando Magic
Mickael Pietrus, Orlando Magic

Actual position: No. 11 Career earnings: $34,658,718 Career stats: 8.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 0.8 apg, 42.5 FG%

No. 26 pick: Willie Green

Willie Green, Los Angeles Clippers
Willie Green, Los Angeles Clippers

Actual position: No. 41 Career earnings: $23,373,140 Career stats: 8.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 42.5 FG%

No. 27 pick: Luke Walton

Luke Walton, Los Angeles Lakers
Luke Walton, Los Angeles Lakers

Actual position: No. 32 Career earnings: $33,903,340 Career stats: 4.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 32.6 3P%

No. 28 pick: Keith Bogans

Keith Bogans, Brooklyn Nets
Keith Bogans, Brooklyn Nets

Actual position: No. 43 Career earnings: $18,765,545 Career stats: 6.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.3 apg, 35.3 3P%

No. 29 pick: Jarvis Hayes

Jarvis Hayes, Washington Wizards
Jarvis Hayes, Washington Wizards

Actual position: No. 10 Career earnings: $13,376,687 Career stats: 8.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.1 apg, 41.5 FG%

No. 30 pick: Jason Kapono

Jason Kapono, Toronto Raptors
Jason Kapono, Toronto Raptors

Actual position: No. 31 Career earnings: $28,493,023 Career stats: 8.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.1 apg, 35.6 3P%

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