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Why the Philadelphia 76ers are Good with the Third Pick

May 30th, 2014 at 6:49 PM
By Nate Derosena

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This year’s NBA draft is expected to hold incredible talent, the likes of which has not been seen in quite some time. This is quite beneficial to the Philadelphia 76ers, who were awarded the third pick in the draft this year. In most cases, if not awarded the coveted first pick in the draft, it is as though any other pick aside from that is irrelevant. In past drafts, however, the third pick is not always that bad of a selection. In some cases, the third pick actually works out better than the first.

The Philadelphia 76ers should consider themselves lucky with the third pick. With such a surplus of talent, ranging from the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, Julius Randle and many other prospects, the Sixers are in a great position to add on some talent during their rebuilding process. Besides, the third pick has worked out amazingly for teams in drafts before. Dating back to as far back as 1950, the third pick has been superstar potential, as Bob Cousy was taken in that year’s draft. Fast forward 20 years later to 1970, when the late great “Pistol” Pete Maravich was selected as that draft’s third overall pick. Hall of Famer and three time NBA champion Kevin McHale was picked up by the Boston Celtics in the 1980 NBA draft. Probably the most notable selection ever taken with the third pick in a draft was the pick the Chicago Bulls made in 1984, when they chose Michael Jordan, who is considered to be the best man to ever play the game of basketball. Many other all-stars and NBA champions were selected with the third pick, such as Penny Hardaway, Grant Hill, Chauncey Billups, Pau Gasol, Carmelo Anthony and James Harden.

Based on past draft history, and with the talent in this year’s draft, the Philadelphia 76ers should expect great things with the third pick. The best player may not go first or second, but just the right player that the team needs to help them most will be waiting to be selected with the third overall pick. The team has plenty of time to determine who they would like to take with the pick, and who knows; the 76ers may just end up with the next Michael Jordan on their hands.

Tags: Basketball, NBA, NBA Draft, Philadelphia, Philadelphia 76ers, Sixers

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