Your Turn (Beckett Basketball No. 248): Who would be king of 2003 had LeBron gone to college?


By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

A decade ago, we witnessed The Arrival — and we saw his delayed coronation as The King of the NBA (at least for a year) last season.

It’s been 10 years since LeBron James arrived in the NBA and we’ve been amazed by his performances on the court and, well, of his cardboard.

And he’s only 28.

For the Your Turn page in Beckett Basketball, we’ll be looking back at the arrival of the 2003 NBA Draft’s stars and we simply want to know your answer to this question … Who would be The King — on the court and in the hobby — of the 2003 NBA Draft had LeBron opted for college? (Here’s a list of the players drafted if you can’t remember.)

Tell us who — and why — and we’ll run a selection of your answers in the issue.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Basketball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


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  1. Ryan R 7 March, 2013 at 21:36

    Anthony would have a shot since he’s the best player in New York, but Wade was the best player on a team that won a title.

  2. Bart The Explorer 8 March, 2013 at 05:12

    that would change the entire draft. Carmelo in Cleveland would be a bust in my opinion, Bosh in Denver, and D Wade in Toronto. Wade was the most NBA ready player and if he was drafted by the Raptors they would have a pretty formidable backcourt with Wade and Vince Carter, assuming Wade would play the point guard position. I would go with Wade

  3. Matt Lange 11 March, 2013 at 18:38

    Melo. He had a stronger supporting cast of any player that year to start. Thus he would’ve been propelled to the limelight sooner than the others.

  4. Ryan 13 March, 2013 at 15:25

    Why is the ‘A’ missing in his last name? I’m not a Basketball fan, but shouldn’t it be wAde?

  5. chrisolds 13 March, 2013 at 16:50

    Card mock. Not the final card. Typo on their part. In fact, his first name is misspelled, too. It’s actually “Dwyane.”

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