Paul Pierce

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The draft of 1998 saw Pierce signed to the Boston Celtics, which resulted in no playoffs until 2002 and then in each of the following three seasons. However, only one time resulted in a series win.

Bernard King

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Despite having a scoring averaged 21.9 points per game during his first five NBA seasons, spent with the Nets, Jazz and Warriors, King made just one playoff berth with the Nets in 1979, which resulted in a first-round loss to the 76ers. Things changed considerably when he left to join the Knicks.