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

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

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

Then it's Sacramento, Atlanta, Memphis and Dallas, and any of them could consider a player who's only 19 but has been playing against some of the toughest competition outside the National Basketball Association for years.

No one has a clue whether this Euro can actually play in the US; at this point, no one has a clue as to Doncic's height.

Just like those colors, Young's not a match with the Mavs, who are already building around point guard Dennis Smith Jr. 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.

Coach Rick Carlisle dropped a few global names in trying to describe the versatility Dallas thinks is offered by the 6-foot-7 Doncic, who won Euroleague MVP and Final Four MVP honors while helping Real Madrid win the title just days before the draft.

Villanova saw three players get picked in the first round: Mikal Bridges with Phoenix; Donte DiVincenzo with the Milwaukee Bucks and Omari Spellman with Atlanta.

Instead, the Hawks got cute and traded back, something that we are on the record as saying is a bad idea.


"I've been talking to a lot of teams but especially Dallas, who were so nice to me", Doncic said in an interview after he was selected at the Barclays Center in NY.

Atlanta selected Real Madrid guard Luka Doncic with the No. 3 pick, but immediately traded him to the Mavericks, who selected Oklahoma guard Trae Young with the No. 5 pick.

No. 24. Portland Trail Blazers: Grayson Allen, Duke This is higher than most mock drafts, but Allen would fit right in with CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard.

Along with the fifth pick in the draft, the Mavericks will also send the Hawks their 2019 protected first-round pick in the deal. "I think I'm going to play something, but I need to discuss that with the team". He's either 6-foot-5; 6-foot-6; 6-foot-7; 6-foot-9. For a rebuilding team without a lot of young talent outside forward John Collins, Young adds another dynamic youngster to the roster.

Johnson was the Nets' coach when they moved to Brooklyn in 2012 but was sacked with a 14-14 record early in that first season shortly after they were blown out at home by Boston in a nationally televised Christmas Day game. Dallas also got Ray Spalding of Louisville at No. 56, another pick originally belonging to Philadelphia.

The talented crop of drafts will be hoping to make as big an impact on the league as Aussie Ben Simmons did this season alongside fellow rookies Donovan Mitchell and Jason Tatum.

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