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30 number threes in 30 years

there are 30 teams so i ranked 30 number three picks from the last 30 years. my criteria was how i believe the careers will be ranked when it is all done if they are still active. for those interested in the thread and missed the previously ranked number one picks and number two picks, you can take a look at them here:
http://nbadraft.net/forum/30-number-ones-30-years, http://www.nbadraft.net/forum/30-number-twos-30-years
seems like the number three picks could be better than the number two picks, but there are still a few busts. just a reminder, this is based on careers and not necessarily the better player in their prime.

michael jordan
carmelo anthony
deron williams
james harden
pau gasol
chauncey billups
grant hill
jerry stackhouse
baron davis
shareef abdur-rahim
anfernee hardaway
al horford
bradley beal
sean elliott
o.j. mayo
chris jackson
derrick favors
ben gordon
charles smith
christian laettner
enes kanter
rodney mccray
billy owens
mike dunleavy
benoit benjamin
raef lafrentz
darius miles
dennis hopson
adam morrison
chris washburn

hope you enjoy this, feel free to express any thoughts or make a list.


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Keep Em Coming

Good list but I'd Flip Michael Jordan for Adam Morrison IMO.
Also after seeing Darius Miles on this I YouTube'd vids of him for like 20 minutes, ha that was my Dude!
I loved after he dunked he put 2 fist on his forhead, I'm bringing that back

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Penny

Its to bad that Penny so far down on this list. But I agree with his position. What could have been...

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Same with Grant Hill, would

Same with Grant Hill, would love to see what would have been had he not suffered those injuries.

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im not sure how much of these

im not sure how much of these lists have to do with projections for guys going forward, but bradley beal is obviously too high. I mean sean elliot was a 2x nba all-star and nba champion who was dropping 15-20 points throughout most his career. And bradley is ahead of him?

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llperez

Im with you on that one.....

How is Bradley Beal over:

Sean Elliot

OJ Mayo

Chris Jackson AKA Mahmoud Abdul Rauf

Sorry, dont agree.

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yeah, i mean even christian

yeah, i mean even christian leattner for all the lack of love he gets was a solid contributor who made an all-star team one time. Its pretty much impossible to inlcude guys with less then 5 years in this type of ranking when talking about careers.

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Id put bradley beal under

Id put bradley beal under Elliot and Mayo

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hotrod matthews

And Chris Jackson....Jackson was a beast of a player.

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Also, Pau Gasol has two NBA

Also, Pau Gasol has two NBA championships on his resume..

Harden is just starting to be the number 1 option on his team ... It's kind of early to put him ahead of Pau...

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don't you guys understand he

don't you guys understand he ranks them saying when it's all said and done..
i believe Beal will have better carrer than Mayo same with Harden over Pau..

i also believe Favors will be like 5 places higher he is a future allstar

nice list

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Call me crazy but I believe

Call me crazy but I believe James Harden will have a better career than Deron Williams. Look at his explosion in Houston, he was earlier on in the league considered the top MVP candidate (for like the first month). Deron has only been an allstar a 3 times and made the second team twice. That is due in large part to the brilliance of other star point guards like Chris Paul, Rondo, Westbrook, Tony Parker and Derrick Rose. James Harden is coming in at a perfect time. He is already the 3rd best shooting guard in the league, with the top 2 being on the decline. One of which will retire soon and the other who looks as though father time cought up with him. James Harden will be the best shooting guard in the league in 2-3 years and at which point, because of his well rounded, high ppg stats will get him many more first teams selections and allstar selections than Deron Willliams got.

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Honestly

I think Mayo will have the better career than Bradley Beal. Beal will be a star, but Mayo will be a star too.

The only other problem I have with the list is Penny...
I know he had injuries that stunted his career, but I like him over B Diddy. Thats a tough Your rankings are pretty accurate tho. Thumbs up

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I'n basing this list off of

I'n basing this list off of what they've done, not what I think they will do, because honestly you never know what is going to happen.

1. Jordan

2. Anthony
3. Williams
4. Gasol
5. Billups
6. Hill
7. Harden
8. Davis
9. Stackhouse
10. Hardaway
11. Elliott
12. Abur-Raheem
13. Jackson
14. Gordon
15. Horford
16. Smith
17. Dunleavy
18. Mayo
19. McCray
20. Owens

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Obviously, I'm biased as a

Obviously, I'm biased as a Duke fan, but I would have Christian Laettner a little bit higher. I think people tend to regard him as a bust because he he had potentially the greatest college career of all time and made the dream team, and yet went on to have an unspectacular NBA career. But still, the guy averaged between 16 and 18 points for a good portion of his career and I'm pretty sure he made an All-Star team. The guy was obviously not a superstar, but I think his amazing college career has led people to underrate his NBA impact. He is clearly not an all-time great but he definitely wasn't a bust either. I'm not really sure that OJ Mayo or Brad Beal will end up having better careers.

Note: This isn't necessarily in response to this post, as you had Laettner around the middle of the pack. I was more referring to the internet myth that has arisen that the guy was a complete failure in the NBA.

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