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Michael Jordan linked to best and worst no. 3 pick in history



When the Knicks lost the NBA draft lottery, they lost more than Zion Williamson.

Williamson about to enter the league.

The first pick comes with a high percentage of success. That's not always the case, but it's a lot harder to whiff on the first pick than anywhere else. Which brings us to the third pick.

The Grizzlies likely to make the Knicks' decision for them. Yesever, Morant and RJ Barrett will likely end up in New York. But history tells us the success of that third pick is less than ironclad.

The Post looked at the no. 3 pick in the NBA's history.

The five best

Michael Jordan (1984): It's not really a debate ̵

1; there's no better draft pick in NBA history than getting arguably the greatest player ever third overall.

Kevin McHale (1980): Along with Robert Parish in the same deal that's given this pick, the Celtics sparked a dynasty that went on to win three titles in the next six years.

Bob Cousy (1950): There are a couple of technicalities here – Coussins picked by the Tri-Cities Blackhawks before they get traded to the Celtics, and if you count territorial picks, he was fourth instead of third. But it's hard to include him as the hall of fame point guard on basketball's greatest dynasty.

Dominique Wilkins (1982): Another technicality, as Wilkins was drafted by Utah before getting flipped to the Hawks a few months later, but he put together a Hall of Fame career that included nine All-Star appearances.

James Harden (2009): Though Harden is still in the prime of his career, his first 10

Adam Morrison (2006): The Gonzaga star was out of the league in four (1965) [194559006] OJ.

OJ Mayo (2008): Mayo never quite clicked in the league, and despite a strong start to his career, did not last.

Chris Washburn (1986): Drafted by the Warriors, Washburn has just played 72 games before receiving a lifetime ban for drug use. 19659015] Jim Paxson (1956): Bill Russell, but Paxson, the father of two future NBA players, managed to stay in the league for just two seasons after the Lakers took him to third.

Jahlil Okafor (2015): Okafor to turn things around, it's as good as possible for the former Duke star. Recent successes

Pau Gasol (2001): His Hall of Fame is now winding down, Gasol was Carmelo Anthony (2003): Part of a famed draft class, Anthony took The Nuggets to the 2009 Western Conference finals, their best playoff finish, and

Al Horford (2007): The forever underappreciated Horford goes down as

Joel Embiid (2014): Though Embiid was a huge risk at the time , playing just 31 games in his first three seasons after being draf [194559006] Luka Doncic (2018): The Slovenian teenager took the NBA by storm as a 19-year-old with the Mavericks, posting eight 20 points, five rebounds and five assists.


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