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Top 10 at No. 10

Posted by Eric Fisher On June 17

With the 76ers, barring a trade, slated to pick 10th overall in Thursday’s NBA Draft,  PhillyPhanatics.com presents its Top 10 list of the best players selected at No. 10 during the past 50 years. It was a lot easier to assemble a Top 10 than a bottom 10 because there were a lot fewer legitimate choices, which indicates that the 10th pick doesn’t usually provide a top-level player.

10. Jason Terry, G, Arizona, (drafted by Hawks in 1999) Averaged in double digits in 13 of his 19 NBA seasons. Career may not be over yet.

9. Jeff Malone, G, Mississippi State, (drafted by Bullets in 1983) Averaged at least 20 points during 5 straight seasons with Washington. Played 2 short stints with Sixers.

8. Caron Butler, G/F, Connecticut  (drafted by Heat in 2002) A 2-time all-star, Butler averaged in double digits in 11 seasons, including 2 seasons when he averaged at least 20 points.

7. Horace Grant, F, Clemson (drafted by Bulls in 1987) Averaged in double digits in 11 seasons. A good rebounder and defender on Bulls’ championship teams.

6. Eddie Jones, G, Temple (drafted by Lakers in 1994) A 3-time all-star and terrific defender, Jones also averaged in double digits during 12 seasons.

5. C.J. McCollum, G, Lehigh (drafted by Trail Blazers in 2013) After being hindered by injuries during his first two seasons, McCollum has averaged at least 20 points during his past 3 seasons. His accomplishments don’t warrant a No. 5 ranking, but we’ll put him here based partially on potential.

4. Joe Johnson, G, Arkansas (drafted by Celtics in 2001) A 7-time all-star during his 16-year (and still going) career, Johnson has averaged in double digits in scoring 13 times, including 5 straight seasons with an average of at least 20 points while with Hawks.

3. Paul George, G/F, Fresno State (drafted by Pacers in 2010) A 5-time all-star, George has been named to All-NBA 3rd team 4 times, All-NBA Defensive 1st team once and All-NBA Defensive 2nd team twice. Sixers selected Evan Turner 2nd overall in 2010 draft.

2. Paul Westphal, G, USC (drafted by Celtics in 1972) After a slow start with Celtics, Westphal flourished with Suns, averaging at least 20 points for 5 straight seasons. Although his career his shorter than others on this least, he was named to All-NBA first team 3 times, and the All-NBA 2nd team once. A 5-time all-star.

1. Paul Pierce, G/F, Kansas (drafted by Celtics in 1998) An easy choice for the top of this list. A 10-time all-star. After his rookie season with Celtics (16.5 points), averaged at least 18 points during the rest of his 15 seasons with Boston. Averaged 19.7 points for career. Sixers selected Larry Hughes with 8th overall pick.

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