June 26, 2003: LeBron James is selected first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2003 NBA draft.
The top half of the lottery had one of the most talented group of prospects that had come into the NBA in some time. It was lead by James, considered by many to be the best high school basketball player to ever step foot on the court. Then there was Carmelo Anthony, the freshman sensation who just lead Syracuse to a national championship.
Darko Milicic, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh rounded out the first five selections of the draft. Beside Milicic (who is up there with Sam Bowie as one of the biggest whiffs of all-time) the rest of the top selections became perennial NBA All-Star players.
Even though the Pistons were able to win a championship in 2004, it had little to do with Milicic, who was nothing more than a bench player.
In addition to the previously mentioned players: Chris Kaman (sixth overall), David West (18th), Josh Howard (29th), Mo Williams (47th) and Kyle Korver (51st), were all members of the '03 draft who also made All-Star appearances.