Hawks draft Slovenia's 'Wonder Boy' Doncic, trade him to Mavs

02 July, 2018, 10:39 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • A closeup of Trae Young in an Oklahoma uniform

On Thursday, the Mavericks seemed to have found what they are looking for in Slovenian Luka Doncic.

Dallas will nearly certainly start these four players: Dennis Smith, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes, and Doncic. With so many draft picks, Schlenk said last week he was entertaining numerous trade offers. While it remains to be seen what level of production he'll bring, Doncic is a solid mid- to late-round draft addition if you're willing to take the risk. In 2018 He led Real Madrid to the EuroLeague title while becoming the youngest player to ever win MVP of the Euroleague as well as the EuroLeague Final Four MVP. The 6-foot-11 forward was among the possible candidates to go number 1, but a nagging back injury prevented other squads from taking the hazard of selecting him.

Of course, Young will have to do that while directly in the shadow of Doncic in the eyes of Hawks fans.

Doncic, who can play as point guard or shooting guard, was picked third by the Atlanta Hawks but was then traded to the Mavericks for Trae Young, who was chosen with the fifth pick.

Atlanta will also receive a protected 2019 first round pick. Antetokounmpo, younger brother of National Basketball Association star Giannis, did not dominate in his only year at Dayton but Dallas will make the 6'10 forward a project they will try to develop.

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Editors note: It has been confirmed that Luka Doncic will not play in summer league will the Mavs.

You might be asking yourself, what wonderful bounty did the Hawks get in return for Luka Doncic, perhaps a player with the highest floor and perhaps the highest ceiling in this draft? With that said, Sports World News will take a much deeper look at the biggest winners and losers of the draft. I have a feeling some players will be a lot less kind than Iguodala when talking about his mother. Robinson dominated at Boston College but there were definitely players with more upside than him.

The Mavericks are coming off consecutive losing seasons for the first time in almost 20 years, back when Nowitzki ended up being the centerpiece of a rebuilding project that led to 12 straight trips to the playoffs and the franchise's only championship in 2011. He also had "They will know your name" stitched on the inside of his jacket.

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