Historically speaking, the 2003 NBA Draft will go down as one of the best drafts in history. With LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade all take in the top-5, these future Hall of Famers were big-time players in their careers. As for LeBron and Anthony, they are still trying to put the finishing touches on their resumes.
For others in the top-10, there were some good and bad selections. Once Kyle Korver officially retires, only LeBron and Anthony are still active in the NBA. The rest has been out of the league for years or have recently departed. With that said, let’s take a look at what the top-10 picks of the 2003 draft are up to these days.
10. Jarvis Hayes (Assistant Coach)
8.3 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.1 BPG (7 Seasons)
Hayes was taken to backup Jerry Stackhouse and to provide the team with some deep range. In his first three games, Hayes averaged 13.0 points and 4.3 rebounds, but then hit the “rookie wall.” He finished the season below that mark but finished his career-high 10.2 points his second season.
Hayes was a typical sixth man for seven seasons before finishing his international career from 2011 to 2015. From 2015-2018, he led the Atlanta Celtics AAU team, while serving as a color commentator for NBA TV and the ESPN/SEC Network. He was an assistant coach at the Drew Charter school for two seasons. In 2018, he began his college coaching career, where he was hired to be an assistant coach at Morehouse College. In 2009, he was hired at Georgia State and is considered one of the most respected coaches in Atlanta.
9. Mike Sweetney (Assistant Coach)
6.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.5 BPG (4 Seasons)
After a two-year stint with the Knicks, he was traded to the Chicago Bulls in a trade that brought Eddy Curry to New York. Sweetney battled weight issues throughout his career, which was something he had problems with before making the NBA. After four seasons, he did not make an appearance from 2007 to 2009. He then played internationally up until 2017.
Other ventures include playing for Team City of Gods in The Basketball Tournament in 2015. The team made the semifinals before losing to Overseas Elite. Sweetney has coached since 2019. He has since been an assistant coach for the Yeshiva University men’s basketball team and head coach of the girls’ varsity basketball team at New York’s Ramaz School.
8. T.J. Ford (Basketball Academy Instructor)
11.2 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 5.8 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.1 BPG (8 Seasons)
After a tough rookie season, Ford missed his sophomore season due to a spinal cord injury. He battled back to make his third season and then averaged double-digit points for five consecutive seasons. His basketball career in the NBA ended in 2012 with no awards. However, during the 2011 lockout, he won the Croatian League title with Zagreb.
Even though Ford’s playing days are over, he continues to have an impact. He runs the TJ Ford Basketball Academy, which is a premier youth basketball program for boys and girls in the Houston area.
7. Kirk Hinrich (Basketball Specialist)
10.9 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 4.8 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.3 BPG (11 Seasons)
Hinrich enjoyed a long career that stretched from 2003 to 2016. Despite stints with the Wizards and Hawks, Hinrich will also be best remembered for his tenure with the Chicago Bulls. Hinrich’s best season came in 2007 when he was named All-Defensive Second Team, but many believe that Hinrich is a top-10 all-time Bulls.
After retiring in 2017, it was last reported that Hinrich and his family moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he was hired at Sanford Power as a lead basketball specialist. He also coaches at local basketball academies, but other than that, it appears he keeps a private life.
6. Chris Kaman (Family Man)
11.2 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.3 APG, 0.4 SPG, 1.3 BPG (13 Seasons)
Kaman played for some pretty awful Los Angeles Clippers teams but was once named an All-Star in 2010. The 2005-2006 season was special as the Clippers recorded their first winning season in 14 years, where Kaman was the starting center. Kaman also enjoyed stints with the Hornets, Mavericks, Lakers, and Trail Blazers.
Since retiring from the league in 2016, Kaman has dabbled in making YouTube videos on his channel Exploring Kaman. In 2018, he was inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame. In 2019, he put his oceanfront cottage on the market. Other than that, there are no reports of what Kaman has done. By now, his son, Barrett, is seven years old, so we can assume he is a family man these days.
5. Dwyane Wade (Minority Owner Of The Jazz)
22.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG< 5.4 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.8 BPG (16 Seasons)
Wade had an illustrious career that saw him win the Finals MVP in 2006, as well as two more rings in 2012 and 2013. He will go down as one of the greatest Miami Heat players, if not the greatest. Wade enjoyed playing with two of his 2003 draft mates to bring the Heat two championships in their later playing days.
Wade walked away from basketball in 2019. He was able to spend one season with the team and practically held a retirement celebration at every arena. His business ventures include becoming a minority owner of the Jazz, where he was courtside during the playoffs. With comparisons of Donovan Mitchell to Wade, it should be a great partnership.
4. Chris Bosh (Producer)
19.2 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 2.0 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.0 BPG (13 Seasons)
Bosh helped the Raptors make the playoffs in his early days. He left the franchise as the all-time leader in points and rebounds. He remains the leader in rebounds but has seen his scoring record fall to DeMar DeRozan. Bosh left Toronto in 2010 to join LeBron James and Wade to form a superteam in Miami, where he won two championships.
Due to blood clotting issues, Bosh had to retire early. He tried to make a comeback for three years, but ultimately it was too risky for his health. In 2019, he officially retired from the league. Bosh now lives in Austin, Texas, and owns a record label “Daddy Jack Records.”
3. Carmelo Anthony (Los Angeles Lakers)
23.0 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.5 BPG (18 Seasons)
Anthony is a former scoring champion that wowed Nuggets and Knicks fans in his younger days. Despite never playing in the NBA Finals, Anthony is a three-time gold medal champion and ten-time All-Star. Two years ago, Anthony nearly walked away from the game, but made a comeback and has served as a key bench piece for the Trail Blazers.
In the offseason, Anthony joined the Lakers to team up with longtime friend LeBron James. It will be the first time that the two superstars have teamed up together. At 37 years old, Anthony is running out of time to win that first championship. He believes that the time is now for that drought to finally end.
2. Darko Milicic (Farmer)
6.0 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 0.4 SPG, 1.3 BPG (10 Seasons)
Milicic played 4.7 minutes per game in the regular season for the Pistons but ultimately won a championship in 2004 for being a member of the team. This draft pick haunts the Pistons to this date. The team could have added Anthony, Bosh, or Wade to a superteam that contended for championships from 2002 to 2008.
Milicic’s numbers speak for themselves as he is one of the biggest busts in NBA history. After his career ended, Milicic pursued a kickboxing career, but ultimately turned to farming. As of 2017, he owns an apple orchard of about 125 acres. He has since added cherries to his endeavors.
1. LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)
27.0 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 7.4 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.7 BPG (18 Seasons)
LeBron’s had one of the best careers since coming into the league. He led the Cavaliers to the Finals in 2006. He left, was vilified, and won two championships with the Heat. After four straight appearances in the NBA Finals, he went back home to Cleveland and delivered a championship in 2016. After four more trips to the Finals, he led the Lakers to a championship in 2020. With two more years left on his deal, he had aspirations to tie Michael Jordan’s count of six championships.
Outside of basketball, LeBron has donated to charities. He founded a school for low-income families. He started in Space Jam 2. LeBron is going to be a global sensation after he leaves the game. Who knows what else he can accomplish? If he wants to relax, he might just watch his son Bronny James play basketball.