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Three things about No. 3s in the NBA draft

The Chicago Bulls´ Michael Jordan celebrates the Bulls´ win over the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA Finals in Chicago, June 14, 1992. The Bulls beat the Trail Blazers 97-93 to repeat as champions. (AP Photo/John Swart)
The Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan celebrates the Bulls' win over the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA Finals in Chicago, June 14, 1992. The Bulls beat the Trail Blazers 97-93 to repeat as champions. (AP Photo/John Swart)

IN HONOR of the 76ers securing the No. 3 pick in the NBA draft during this week's long-awaited lottery (held 64 days after the club was eliminated from playoff contention on March 17), we present three things you probably didn't know about the history of the third player chosen:

* Of the 67 players selected No. 3 in the draft's history, 15 went on to play in at least one postseason game for an eventual NBA titlist. The most recent is Adam Morrison, Charlotte's 2006 selection, who appeared in two playoff games (totaling 13 minutes) for the 2010 Lakers.

* Only five players picked in the third slot have gone on to win an NBA title with the club that selected them. Michael Jordan (Bulls, 1984) is the obvious one, and most astute NBA historians could probably name Kevin McHale (Celtics, 1980). But if you jotted down Sean Elliott (Spurs, 1989), Dave Stallworth (Knicks, 1965) and Jim Loscutoff (Celtics, 1955), you need to get outside more during basketball season.

* Jordan's six titles with the Bulls are etched in NBA history, but Loscutoff almost outdid him among the third picks. "Jungle Jim" was a member of the Celtics' first seven NBA titles (1957, '59-64), although he did not appear in the 1960 postseason because of an injury. In fact, 14 of Boston's 17 NBA championships came with at least one former No. 3 pick on the team: Loscutoff, McHale, Rick Robey (Indiana, 1978), Larry Siegfried (Cincinnati Royals, 1961) or Bob Cousy (Tri-Cities Blackhawks, 1950).

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  • Here are some other quick stats that caught our attention recently . . .

    * Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard enters this weekend's series against the Dodgers with a .194 batting average at Citizens Bank Park this season. That comes after a career-high .311 BA in South Philly last year.

    * The Dodgers, who ran off a 42-8 record from June 22 to Aug. 17 last year, are only 50-48 (including postseason) since then.

    * The Phillies entered last night as the only National League team that had not had a pitcher draw a walk at the plate this season. They drew 12 last year, fourth-most in the league.

    * Phillies are 0-7 and have been outscored, 46-14, on Wednesdays in 2014. They have lost nine straight Wednesday games dating to last season.

    * By the way, it is only 37 days between the NBA draft lottery and the NBA draft.

    Bob Vetrone Jr. Daily News Staff Writer
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