Only 8 players remain in NBA from 2003 draft; all play for the Cavs, Thunder, Warriors
The 2003 NBA Draft is widely considered one of the best ever as it included future hall of famers who are having very successful pro careers. The likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony lead the list of the members of that year’s class and are still going strong in their 15th season.
However, what’s surprising is that only eight from that batch are active players in the NBA today. Also noteworthy is the fact that they only play for three teams now: the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder, all of which are considered serious title contenders this year.
“The 8 remaining active players from the famed 2003 NBA Draft play on one of these 3 teams. Kyle Korver, Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Jose Calderon for the Cavs. David West and Zaza Pachulia for the Warriors and Carmelo Anthony and Nick Collison for the Thunder. This is probably because these veteran players all are choosing to play on competitive teams at the twilight of their career to finally win some rings.”
James and Wade have had the most success among the eight of them as they have won three titles each, two of them when they were both playing for the Miami Heat. Along with another member of the 2003 class, Chris Bosh, they were kings of the NBA in 2012 and 2013, further cementing their legacies as all-time greats.
Should the Thunder win it all this year, it will add two more players from their batch to also win titles. That said, it strengthens their argument as one of the most talented and successful classes ever and will be very hard to duplicate or surpass for future pools of talent from a specific draft.