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With what pick were the NBA biggest stars selected in the draft? Jordan, Kobe, Lebron, Curry..

Who will be the big star of this year’s NBA Draft class? You might be surprised to see what pick the best players in the history of the league were drafted.

Why are the NBA Playoffs best-of-seven series?

Chet Holmgren and Paolo Banchero are the top two talents in this year’s NBA Draft Class and could go one-two on Thursday’s Selection Show. While some of the NBA’s best players were taken Top 3, many were not.

Let’ remind you of when some of the league’s biggest superstars were drafted.

Steph Curry

Why not start with the most recent NBA Finals MVP Steph Curry who spent three years at Davidson College. His draft stock grew exponentially each year, and by his Junior year he was a superstar in the NCAA. He was taken 7th overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 2009 NBA Draft, and well, we know the rest. Four NBA titles, eight Finals appearances, two-time MVP and the all-time leader in three pointers made.

LeBron James

Every person in America back in 2002 knew the name of the high schooler out of Akron, Ohio. LeBron James took the world by storm even before he got drafted in the 2003 Draft. The Cleveland Cavaliers took him with the first pick in the Draft and he became an immediate sensation from his rookie year all the way up to the end of this season. He will only add to his historic stats, and will be looking for his fifth NBA Title and fifth MVP in the final years of his career.

Michael Jordan

At 6′6″ from the University of North Carolina… Michael Jordan. Before getting drafted by the Chicago Bulls, the greatest of all time spent three years as a Tar Heel. He was taken with the third pick in the 1984 Draft behind Akeem Olajuwon and Sam Bowie. Jordan would go on to win 6 titles, 6 Finals MVPs and 5 MVPs and end his career as the GOAT.

Kobe Bryant

Like LeBron, Kobe Bryant was another star out of high school. He came out of Philadelphia as a highly coveted draft pick, but was nowhere near the top pick in the 1996 Draft. The Charlotte Hornets drafted him with the 13th pick in the draft and then treaded him to the Lakers. Five titles, 2 Finals MVP and an MVP award later he is in the discussion for top five player ever.

Shaquille O’Neal

One of, if not the most dominant, players in NBA history was drafted out of Louisiana State University in 1992. The Orlando Magic took Shaq with the first overall pick in the Draft after two All-American seasons. O’Neal would win the MVP in 2000, the same year he won his first title with the Los Angeles Lakers. He went on to win three more Championships and didn’t just become one of the best big men ever, but one of the most lovable NBA players ever.

Larry Bird

The kid from French Lick, Indiana didn’t go far when he graduated high school. After a very brief stint at Indian University he returned closer to home and went to Indiana State for four years. By his senior year he was a national sensation and went to the Boston Celtics with the 6th in the 1979 Draft. Bird won three titles with the Celtics, while being named MVP three times in his legendary career.

Magic Johnson

Magic was taken in the same draft class as Larry Bird and their college rivalry carried over into the NBA for over a decade. After dazzling the nation at Michigan State University, he was taken with the first pick in the 1979 Draft and would lead the Los Angeles Lakers to 5 NBA titles. He was MVP of three of those Finals and won three more NBA MVPs leading the Showtime Lakers of the 80s.

Kareem Abdul Jabar

It was no secret that Kareem was going to be the first pick in the 1969 NBA Draft after winning three national titles in three years at UCLA. He was taken by the Milwaukee Bucks and spent six years there winning his first title and MVP in 1971. He would go west and join the Lakers in 1974, spending fourteen years there and winning five more titles, five more MVPs and become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer.

Bill Russell

The King of the Rings went to the University of San Francisco and won back-to-back title in 1955 and 1956. He was taken second by the St. Louis Hawks in the 1956 NBA Draft behind Si Green who was taken by the Rochester Royals. The Hawks traded Russell to the Celtics for six time All-Star Ed Macauley. Both the Haws and theRoyals missed their chance on a man who would go on to win five NBA MVP awards and become the winningest player in NBA history with 11 NBA Championships.


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