Most of the renowned NBA stars made their debut around the end of October, which is when NBA season starts every year. A big group of the current star veterans appeared on the field for the first time on these dates in 2003.
Every year it’s all over the news that LeBron James made his debut on October 29th 2003. Between October 28 and 29 Dyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony all played their first games in NBA and changed the league forever.
Wade was first among them to touch the ball when he played against Philadelphia 76ears. He managed to score 18 points against Allen Iverson. His Miami Heat ended the season on a positive note making it to the semi-final playoffs at the Eastern Conference. His commitment and performance earned him a spot in the first All-Rookie Team.
LeBron James started on a very high note. In his debut game, he finished with 24 points, nine assists, six rebounds and four steals. Unfortunately, his team, Cleveland Cavaliers lost 106-92 to Sacramento Kings aka The Greatest Show on the Court at the time. Cleveland team didn’t make Playoffs that year, but that is no surprise. According to Unibet, at the beginning of 2003/2004 season odds on Cleveland becoming Champions were 1 to 100. The top favourite was LA Lakers, with Kings and Spurs behind them. However, James showed the world that he is as good as we all hoped for. He won the award for the Rookie of the Year. The award opened his trophy chest for many awards that have followed, and regular conversation is he better than Mike.
Anthony came into NBA with a successful college career. With Syracuse he won the NCAA title in 2003. During his first NBA game in October 29, 2003 he delivered 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. His Denver Nuggets won that game against 2002/2003 NBA champions San Antonio Spurs. Nuggets made playoffs that season, and Antony was in the All-Rookie Team first team.
Although Bosh did not start in the first match, he managed to get his team eleven points. He made two blocks and four rebounds in the game. His team, Toronto Raptors to win 90-87 against 2002/2003 NBA finalists New Jersey Nets. He also had a good season that earned him a place in the All-Rookie first team. His contribution also helped his team to improve their performance by winning nine more games in their 2003-04 season than the 2002-03 period.
And yes, the only one that did not win Championship ring (yet) is Carmelo.