'03 NBA Draft Shows Need for Franchise Tag

Associated Press

There is no question that the 2003 NBA draft ranks among the greatest in league history, perhaps even better than the 1984 version that gave us Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley and John Stockton. That’s in terms of talent, at least. Frame the ’03 bunch in a different way -- what the players did over the long haul for the franchises that selected them -- and things look much, much different.

Start with the vaunted Top 5. No. 1 pick LeBron James...

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