2003 NBA Mock Draft
underclassmen in italics
- Cleveland: Lebron James 6-8/240 (Akron Ohio High School)
James is the man. Not since Tim Duncan has there been a more clear #1.
- Detroit (from Memphis): Darko Milicic 7-0/245 (Serbia)
Detroit says they take him. Darko says Detroit takes him. Not much suspense here either.
- Denver: Carmelo Anthony 6-8/220 (Syracuse-freshman)
The door is open for Denver to pick someone else, but all along Carmelo has been seen as a top 3 pick.
- Toronto: Chris Bosh 6-11/210 (Georgia Tech-freshman)
Truth is Toronto probably has no idea which of the top three (Bosh, Ford or Podkolzin) they will take. Bosh or Ford both could help them out, but they would have to wait for the big Russian.
- Miami: Maciej Lampe 7-0/240 (Poland)
They would have probably taken Podkolzin, but that is just a memory now. They would also probably love Bosh, as interest in him is growing stronger as the draft approaches. They have been downplaying Ford, and say they want to take a big man, so they might just be blowing smoke. Probably a trade will happen where a team who actually wants Ford will move up to 4 or 5. If Miami keep the pick it will probably be Lampe, unless they are blowing smoke and will take Ford. There is an outside chance Wade will leap up this high.
- LA Clippers: Mickael Pietrus 6-6/200 (France)
The Clippers will have a hard choice. Recently the talk has been about choosing between Pietrus and Wade. Although a week ago it seemed they were set on taking Kaman, but hie seems to be slipping due to a series of unimpressive workouts. Pietrus says that a top 6 team has given him a guarantee, so if we believe him it must be with this pick.
- Chicago: Dwayne Wade 6-4/200 (Marquette-junior)
They won't take another PG thats for sure (No you can't quote me). Rumor has it they like both Wade and Mickael Pietrus of France, and they could debate between the two right down to the last minute. Wade's stock is rising, and it is possible that he won't be available here.
- Milwaukee (from Atlanta): T.J. Ford 5-11/165 (Texas-sophomore)
Ford is slipping mainly due to his size and quentions of strength, but his workouts have seemed to have gone well. He is proving that he is as good as he says he is, but that might not be enough to keep him ahead of the bigger players. I think that the Bucks need to address their need in the frontcourt, but they might not have any legit options left on the board. They openly have been saying how much they like the two Kansas players, Hinrich and Collison. I doubt they would go for a PG, unless Ford somehow slipped to them. Otherwise I think they will take Collison.
- New York: Chris Kaman 7-0/255 (Central Michigan-junior)
They might still want to go big, but honestly the players left are kinda risky. Collison and Sweetney might be the best left on the board and the Knicks are taking hard looks at both of them once again. They are trying to move up to grab T.J. Ford, and are quietly hoping Kaman might slip to them.
- Washington: Kirk Hinrich 6-3/185 (Kansas-senior)
Hinrich is looking like one of the few valued commodities in this draft, but I doubt he will leap ahead of Ford. The Lottery teams are enamored with the big men, so the PGs will probably go after they are gone. The Wizards can afford to just take the best available player, as they could use help pretty much everywhere. They might also take Sweetney, hoping the Georgetown connection might also fill some seats.
- Golden State: Reece Gaines 6-6/205 (Louisville-senior)
They seem to be looking for help in the backcourt, Hinrich is a better choice, but should be long gone. Gaines has an edge over Ridnour. The Warriors say they won't be taking a SF or SG, so Gaines, Collison and Sweetney will probably be their most enticing prospects.
- Seattle: Nick Collison 6-9/250 (Kansas-senior)
Seattle wants some help in the frontcourt and a legit PG who can start for them right away. They can still get a PG that can start for them with their next pick, and the frontcourt help part of the draft is pretty shallow at this point. They will probably have to pick between Sweetney and Collison, and right now the feeling is that Collison can help them more than the smaller forward from Georgetown, but if Collison goes higher, then it will be Sweetney.
- Memphis (from Houston): Mike Sweetney 6-8/260 (Georgetown-junior)
They are looking at Pietrus, but he could very easily go higher, as several teams like him and he could be one of those last minute draft day leapers. They hope that someone will slip fast and hard. They might still look international with Pavlovic Their other choice will be picking between Sweetney and Collison.
- Seattle (from Milwaukee): Luke Ridnour 6-2/175 (Oregon-junior)
See. Seattle gets their immediate help at PG. Ridnour is sliding a bit, but he should still be ahead of the rest of the PG crop.
- Orlando: Jarvis Hayes 6-7/220 (Georgia-junior)
Do they get a good PG this time around? Gaines is their real hope, but he is not going to be here. They probably won't be enamored with the remaining PGs, and they might consider going big. I think Boris Diaw-Riffiod could fit the bill and help them out at PG, so they might consider him. The other rumor has them liking Hayes, and he seems to be climbing back up close to his previous position.
- Boston: Marcus Banks 6-1/200 (UNLV-senior)
Many NBA GMs think that Boston has given a promise to this PG, and why should I disagree? Its also rumored that Banks is moving up the draft boards and might already be gone. The consensus wisdom has them going big and then getting a PG.
- Phoenix: Zarko Cabarkapa 6-11/230 (Serbia)
There are a few good big men that the Suns might be interested in, but the scoop is they want Cabarkapa no matter who else is on the board. They were looking at David West early on an I think he is still a possibility.
- New Orleans: Brian Cook 6-10/240 (Illinois-senior)
New Orleans will desperately be looking for the best available player. Jarvis Hayes is sliding and could end up here. Aleksandar Pavlovic has also been mentioned associated with this pick. New Orleans has looked at Brian Cook pretty hard and he is probably the favorite if still available. Brian Cook has been invited to the NBA draft and it looks like he has a top 20 guarantee.
- Utah: David West 6-8/232 (Xavier-senior)
Utah is looking pretty hard at the big men in this draft, hoping to find the next Karl Malone....is that possible? The runner up player of the year certainly isn't a stretch.
- Boston (from Philadelphia): Sofoklis Schortzanitis (6-10/315) (Greece)
They have been impressed with Brian Cook and Schotzanitis over the past weeks and will probably pick one of them here. Rumor has them cooling on Baby Shaq, but the Celtics are known for not doing what they say around draft time.
- Atlanta (from Indiana): Aleksandar Pavlovic 6-7/205 (Yugoslavia)
His stock is climbing where a couple of the other big international players are slipping.
- New Jersey: Zoran Planinic 6-6/180 (Croatia)
Whoever they grab here will be warming the bench for a year or two. They really can afford to just take the best available player. I also like Boris Diaw-Riffiod here, or Pavlovic if he's still around. Planinic seems to have the most buzz around the Nets camp these days though.
- Portland: Boris Diaw-Riffoiod 6-8/201 (France)
Once again the Blazers can afford to take the best available talent and if he is still available they really should snatch him up.
- LA Lakers: Zaur Pachulia 6-11/260 (Turkey)
Its really hard to predict what the Lakers will do. I'll just toss a name out for now. Do they take a chance on a High Schooler? I really don't see the remaining high schoolers as very tempting though.
- Detroit: Carlos Delfino 6-7/190 (Argentina)
Of the lower first round players that the Pistons have auditioned, he seems the best fit and most plausible to join the team.
- Minnesota: Malick Badiane 6-11/220 (Germany)
His stock was skyrocketing for a day or two, but I think he has levelled off. They really would like a big man and will take either Badiane or Pachulia most likely. If Diaw-Riffiod or Delfino slip they will probably not hesitate to take one of them though.
- Memphis (from Sacramento via Orlando): Leandro Barbosa 6-3/190 (Brazil)
His stock is slipping, but not out of the first round. He did have a good workout for the Griz and they would be acstatic to get him.
- San Antonio: Kendrick Perkins 6-10/285 (Clifton J. Ozen HS, TX-high school)
Rumor has it Perkins got a first round guarantee, and he has had a lot of looks from the Spurs, so this makes sense.
- Dallas: Travis Outlaw 6-9/190 (Starksville HS, MS-high school)
Rumor has them wanting to add a high schooler with this pick. It might not be a bad idea, and right now Outlaw has the edge over Perkins and Lang.
- New York (from Denver): Mario Austin 6-8/265 6-9/260 (Miss St.-junior)
- Cleveland: Troy Bell 6-0/178 (Boston College)
- LA Lakers (from Toronto): Jason Kapono 6-7/220 (UCLA-senior)
- Miami: Luke Walton 6-8/245 (Arizona-senior)
- LA Clippers: Mo Williams 6-1/185 (Alabama-sophomore)
- Milwaukee (from Memphis): Carl English 6-5/175 (Hawaii-junior)
- Chicago: Josh Howard 6-7/205 (Wake Forest-senior)
- Atlanta: Jerome Beasley 6-9/237 (North Dakota-senior)
- Washington: Dahntay Jones 6-5/214 (Duke-senior)
- New York: James Lang 6-10/340 (Central Park Christian HS, Alabama-high school)
- Golden State: Ndubi Ebi 6-9/195 (Westbury Christian, Texas-high school)
- Seattle: Szymon Szewczyk 6-10/242 (Germany)
- Indiana: Rick Rickert 6-11/216 Minnesota-sophomore)
- LA Clippers: Keith Bogans 6-4/213 (Kentucky-senior)
- Milwaukee: Brandon Hunter 6-8/260 (Ohio-senior)
- Houston: Uche Nswondu-Amadi 6-10/260 (Wyoming-senior)
- Chicago (from Phoenix): Kyle Korver 6-6/211 (Creighton-senior)
- Denver (from Boston): Chris Massie 6-7/259 (Memphis-senior)
- Utah: Tommy Smith 6-10/215 (Arizona State-senior)
- New Orleans: Travis Hansen 6-5/200 (BYU-senior)
- Philadelphia: Theron Smith 6-8/225 (Ball State-senior)
- New Jersey: Brandin Knight 6-0/183 (Pittsburgh)
- Toronto (from LA Lakers): Robert Jackson 6-9/255 (Marquette)
- Chicago (from Detroit via Miami): Josh Powell 6-9/230 (NC State-sophomore)
- Portland: Kirk Penny 6-5/220 (Wisconsin)
- Minnesota: Slavko Vranes 7-6 (Yugoslavia)
- Boston (from Sacramento): Chris Marcus 7-1/285 (Western Kentucky-senior)
- Dallas: Marquis Estill 6-10/257 (Kentucky-senior)
- Detroit (from San Antonio): Jason Keep 6-11/270 (San Diego-senior)
Underclassmen in italics
- Lebron James 6-8/240 (Akron Ohio High School)
- Darko Milicic 7-0/245 (Serbia)
- Carmelo Anthony 6-8/220 (Syracuse-freshman)
- Chris Bosh 6-11/210 (Georgia Tech-freshman)
- T.J. Ford 5-11/165 (Texas-sophomore)
- Maciej Lampe 7-0/240 (Poland)
- Dwayne Wade 6-4/200 (Marquette-junior)
- Kirk Hinrich 6-3/185 (Kansas-senior)
- Chris Kaman 7-0/255 (Central Michigan-junior)
- Mickael Pietrus 6-6/200 (France)
- Reece Gaines 6-6/205 (Louisville-senior)
- Nick Collison 6-9/250 (Kansas-senior)
- Mike Sweetney 6-8/260 (Georgetown-junior)
- Luke Ridnour 6-2/175 (Oregon-junior)
- Jarvis Hayes 6-7/220 (Georgia-junior)
- Sofoklis Schortsianitis 6-9/280 (Greece)
- Aleksandar Pavlovic 6-7/205 (Yugoslavia)
- Brian Cook 6-10/240 (Illinois)
- David West 6-8/232 (Xavier)
- Zarko Cabarkapa 6-11/230 (Serbia-over 21 Int'l Prospect)
- Marcus Banks 6-1/200 (UNLV-senior)
- Boris Diaw-Riffoiod 6-8/201 (France)
- Malick Badiane 6-11/220 (Germany)
- Zaur Pachulia 6-11/260 (Turkey)
- Carlos Delfino 6-7/190 (Argentina)
- Leandro Barbosa 6-3/190 (Brazil)
- Troy Bell 6-0/178 (Boston College-senior)
- Mario Austin 6-8/265 6-9/260 (Miss St.-junior)
- Zoran Planinic 6-6/180 (Croatia)
- Travis Outlaw 6-9/190 (Starksville HS, MS-high school)
- Jerome Beasley 6-9/237 (North Dakota-senior)
- Josh Howard 6-7/205 (Wake Forest-senior)
- Dahntay Jones 6-5/214 (Duke-senior)
- Luke Walton 6-8/245 (Arizona-senior)
- Jason Kapono 6-7/220 (UCLA-senior)
- Carl English 6-5/175 (Hawaii-junior)
- Rick Rickert 6-11/216 (Minnesota-sophomore)
- Travis Hansen 6-5/200 (BYU-senior)
- James Lang 6-10/340 (Central Park Christian HS, Alabama-high school)
- Mo Williams 6-1/185 (Alabama-sophomore)
- Szymon Szewczyk 6-10/242 (Germany)
- Kendrick Perkins 6-10/285 (Clifton J. Ozen HS, TX-high school)
- Kyle Korver 6-6/211 (Creighton-senior)
- Chris Massie 6-7/259 (Memphis-senior)
- Tommy Smith 6-10/215 (Arizona State-senior)
- Uche Nswondu-Amadi 6-10/260 (Wyoming-senior)
- Brandon Hunter 6-8/260 (Ohio State-senior)
- Keith Bogans 6-4/213 (Kentucky-senior)
- Slavko Vranes 7-6 (Yugoslavia)
- Ndubi Ebi 6-9/195 (Westbury Christian, Texas-high school)
- Kirk Penny 6-5/220 (Wisconsin-senior)
- Theron Smith 6-8/225 (Ball State-senior)
- Marquis Estill 6-10/257 (Kentuck-senior)
- Josh Powell 6-9/230 (NC State-sophomore)
- Robert Jackson 6-9/255 (Marquette-senior)
- Brandin Knight 6-0/183 (Pittsburgh-senior)
- Steve Blake 6-3/175 (Maryland-senior)
- Derrick Zimmerman 6-2/195 (Miss. State-senior)
- James Jones 6-8/225 (Miami-senior)
- Jason Gardner 5-10/194 (Arizona-senior)
- Chris Marcus 7-1/285 (Western Kentucky-senior)
- Jason Keep 6-11/270 (San Diego-senior)
- Marcus Hatten 6-1/165 (St. John's-senior)
- Ron Slay 6-8/240 (Tennessee-senior)