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Jabari Smith Jr. (right) shakes hands with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being drafted third overall by the Rockets on Thursday.

NEW YORK — The Houston Rockets selected Auburn forward Jabari Smith Jr. with the third overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday night, adding a skilled player to join last year’s second pick Jalen Green as the team continues its rebuild.

The Orlando Magic selected Duke freshman Paolo Banchero with the No. 1 pick.

After leading the Blue Devils to the Final Four in coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final season, the 6-foot-10 forward was called first by NBA commissioner Adam Silver to begin the draft, beating out fellow first-year forwards Smith and Chet Holmgren.

Banchero, wearing a purple suit, received a loud ovation inside Barclays Center, where Duke lost in the ACC tournament final.

The Magic picked first for the fourth time and they did well with their previous choices. They took Shaquille O’Neal in 1992, traded the rights to Chris Webber for Penny Hardaway the next year and went with Dwight Howard in 2004.

All eventually reached the NBA Finals with the Magic.

Holmgren went second to the Oklahoma City Thunder after the 7-footer led the West Coast Conference in blocked shots, rebounding and shooting percentage at Gonzaga. He looked sharp in his black suit but may need it to eventually be a bigger size for success in the NBA. He’s listed at just 195 pounds.

The Rockets took Smith third, happy to end up with a player who many thought would end up going first. The 6-10 forward is a natural fit in the current NBA game, able to defend all three frontcourt positions and with a shooting stroke that allowed him to shoot 42 percent from beyond the arc.

Forward Keegan Murray, after a huge leap in his second season at Iowa, jumped all the way to the No. 4 pick by the Sacramento Kings. The Detroit Pistons, a year after taking Cade Cunningham with the No. 1 pick, took athletic Purdue guard Jaden Ivey fifth.

Smith was one of three first-round picks the Rockets had in this year’s draft. Houston also had the 17th pick — which the team received as part of the deal when it traded James Harden — and the 26th pick, which was made by Dallas but whoever was drafted in that slot goes to Houston once the trade that sent center Christian Wood to the Mavericks is official.

The Rockets finished with the NBA’s worst record the last two seasons following eight straight playoff appearances. After trading Harden and the rest of its established stars, Houston went all in on the rebuild, looking to develop young draft picks to bring the team back into contention.

Smith comes to Houston after averaging 16.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and two assists per game to become SEC freshman of the year and earn All-SEC first-team and All-America second-team honors in his one season at Auburn.

The Rockets will expect the 19-year-old Smith to play immediately as they move on from Wood, who led Houston in scoring in each of the last two seasons. If Smith starts as expected, the Rockets will field an extraordinarily young starting lineup with four players under 22.

The San Antonio Spurs chose Baylor’s Jeremy Sochan with the No. 9 selection. A 6-foot-9 forward, Sochan averaged 9.2 points and 6.4 rebounds in his lone season with the Bears.

Sochan joins a team rebuilding after being the league’s winningest franchise over two decades. San Antonio qualified for a league record 22 straight postseasons beginning in 1998, winning five NBA championships over that span with stars such as Tim Duncan, David Robinson, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.

After missing the postseason the past two seasons, the Spurs are attempting to reinvigorate their franchise behind All-Star Dejounte Murray, Keldon Johnson, Devin Vassell, Josh Primo and now Sochan.

Born in Guymon, Okla., Sochan spent much of his life in England before committing to Baylor in 2020.

San Antonio also had the 20th, 25th selections in the first round.