History of the 3rd Pick

Welcome to Corner Three’s Draft Pick History! How valuable is the 3rd pick?

Of the 25 picks since 1995:

  • 13 players have made All-Star Teams (52%)
  • 10 players have made All-NBA Teams (40%)
  • The median career Win Shares is 41.5

Expected player values for the 3rd pick would be:

BestJames Harden
MedianJerry Stackhouse
WorstAdam Morrison

The mean 3rd pick has averaged:

Points/game15.6
Rebounds/game5.5
Assists/game3.2
Steals/game0.9
Blocks/game0.7

Here’s what the latest contract for the 3rd pick looks like:

YearSalaryNotes
1$7,839,960
2$8,231,760
3$8,623,920Team Option
4$10,900,635Team Option
5$14,301,633Qualifying offer

And here’s every 3rd pick since 1995:

PlayerTeamYearAll-Star TeamsAll-NBA TeamsWin Shares
LaMelo BallCHA2020
RJ BarrettNYK2019-0.5
Luka DončićATL201813.7
Jayson TatumBOS201718.9
Jaylen BrownBOS201613.9
Jahlil OkaforPHI20156.6
Joel EmbiidPHI201422.8
Otto PorterWAS201329.9
Bradley BealWAS201241.5
Enes KanterUTA201144
Derrick FavorsNJN201053.6
James HardenOKC2009135
O.J. MayoMIN200821.8
Al HorfordATL200791.1
Adam MorrisonCHA2006-1.4
Deron WilliamsUTA200577.3
Ben GordonCHI200433.3
Carmelo AnthonyDEN2003102.3
Mike DunleavyGSW200258.5
Pau GasolATL2001144.1
Darius MilesLAC20009.5
Baron DavisCHH199963.1
Raef LaFrentzDEN199839.4
Chauncey BillupsBOS1997120.8
Shareef Abdur-RahimVAN199671.2
Jerry StackhousePHI199552.4
Italicized players are still active

Thanks to our sources, Basketball Reference and Spotrac.

Draft History compiled by Derek ReiferRJ Garcia.