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Where Are They Now? The 9 Players Drafted After LeBron James

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Let's take a look at the nine players who were drafted after LeBron James in the 2003 NBA Draft.

LeBron James is just two wins away from returning to the NBA Finals for the seventh straight year, so it seems like an appropriate time to look back at the day his career began. James, of course, was the No. 1 overall pick back in the 2003 NBA Draft.

What happened to the rest of the players taken in the top ten of James' draft class, you ask? Let's find out:

No. 2 - Darko Milicic - Detroit Pistons

Milicic won a ring as a rookie with the Pistons, but he's actually been one of the biggest busts in NBA history - especially when considering the trio of players he was drafted ahead of. Darko's playing time never took off in Detroit, and while he played for the Magic, Grizzlies, Knicks, Timberwolves and Celtics during a 10-year span, he never turned into a good NBA player.

Milicic is now back in Serbia working as a farmer. He's reportedly up to 350 pounds- but he's at peace and enjoying his life.

No. 3 - Carmelo Anthony - Denver Nuggets Anthony, who won a national title at Syracuse in 2003, has not repeated the feat as a professional. But he's been a solid NBA player for years. Anthony is a 10-time All-Star and won a scoring title back in 2013. He started his career with the Nuggets and was eventually traded to the Knicks in 2011. Anthony is likely on his way out of New York, so it'll be interesting to see where he lands next. His two main criticisms? He holds the ball too much and doesn't play great defense.

No. 4 - Chris Bosh - Toronto Raptors

Bosh was drafted fourth overall by the Raptors, and while he put together a solid career in Toronto, he's mostly known for being part of the "big 3" in Miami. Bosh left the Raptors in 2010 to team up with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade - winning NBA titles two of the four years they played together.

Bosh's career took a weird turn in 2015. He sat out the second half of the season that year because of blood clots in his lungs. He played the first half of the 2016 season before again needing to shut it down. At this point, it doesn't look like his health will allow him to play again.

No. 5 - Dwyane Wade - Miami Heat Wade wasn't a household name out of Marquette, but at this point, he's one of the most famous players in the game. Wade won an NBA title in 2006, then two more with James and Bosh in 2012 and 2013. He's a 12-time All-Star too. Wade left the Heat for his hometown Chicago Bulls ahead of last season. He likely only has a few years left in the tank.

No. 6 - Chris Kaman - Los Angeles Clippers

Kaman is not as well-known as some of the others on this list, but he actually had a decent NBA career. Kaman was with the Clippers until 2011 and had a handful of solid years. In 2009-2010, he averaged 18.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

He's now a free agent after stints with the Hornets, Mavericks, Lakes and Trail Blazers.

No. 7 - Kirk Hinrich - Chicago Bulls Hinrich also had a solid NBA career despite never turning into a superstar. Hinrich played for Chicago for 11 of his 15 seasons, and in 2006-2007, he averaged 16.6 points per game. He also played for the Wizards and Hawks. Hinrich played in 2016 for the Hawks. He's likely figuring out what's next in his life.

No. 8 - T.J. Ford - Milwaukee Bucks

Ford's career didn't last as long as some others on the list. The Texas product had back troubles, which caused him to miss a great deal of his time in his first few seasons. He was however, a solid player for the Bucks, Raptors and Pacers. He last played for the Spurs in 2012.

Ford now runs the TJ Ford Basketball Academy - a youth basketball program - in Houston, Texas.

No. 9 - Michael Sweetney - New York Knicks Sweetney was a bust. The Georgetown product played two years for the Knicks before being traded to the Bulls. Since, he's played for a dozen teams across the globe - mostly recently Urunday Universitario in Uruguay. He's struggled to maintain a good playing weight. He also has recently opened up about depression.

No. 10 - Jarvis Hayes - Washington Wizards

Hayes was a serviceable player for the Wizards, Pistons and Nets in his seven-year NBA career. He's since played for teams in Russia, Israel, Italy and Qatar. He's now a citizen of Qatar.

James, meanwhile, has won three NBA titles, been an All-Star 13 times, been an All-NBA First Team player 11 times, won four MVP awards and won three NBA Finals MVP awards.