Dallas Mavericks: Lucky Number 9 Has a History
The 2017 NBA Draft is 9 days away and the Dallas Mavericks have the 9th pick in the draft. This is more than just a good thing in Mavs history, the 9th pick has a great history in the NBA.
This is going to be a good year for the Dallas Mavericks, I can feel it. There are a lot of great options in the draft and even more in free agency and Dallas is just in a good place right now. Everyone knows that Dallas has had a unique draft history, but will this year be one to remember?
As I have been researching for different draft ideas, one thing that has constantly been on my mind is the past. Previous draft picks and draft trades have been researched, but I was only looking at the narrow window of the Mavs past picks.
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For an upcoming piece, however, I wanted to see at what position all the great players were drafted. Most people know that LeBron James was a first overall pick, Kevin Durant fell to number 2 behind Greg Oden, and His Airness, Michael Jordan was a number 3 pick.
What a lot of people don’t realize is that the NBA has a good history at the 9th overall pick, one that really could find its way into the top 5 in best overall picks if you look at it long term. Obviously there are players that fall inexplicably in the draft (although hindsight is 20/20), but the 9th overall pick has some noteworthy players.
Today, I wanted to countdown the best #9 overall picks in NBA history. Since we are talking about the 9th pick with 9 days left until the draft, I felt it only fitting that we pick the “9 Best #9 Picks, 9 Days Before the Draft”.
Most of these names should be recognizable to a majority of fans, but I will give a brief explanation for their inclusion in the list.
Next: Honorable Mention and #9 - #7