Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

NBA Draft: Hawks Swap Picks with Mavs, Dump Doncic for Trae Young

NBA Draft: Hawks Swap Picks with Mavs, Dump Doncic for Trae Young

DALLAS-Luka Doncic didn't get compared to Larry Bird when he was introduced a day after the Dallas Mavericks traded up to get the third overall pick in the National Basketball Association draft.

Nonetheless, a starting backcourt of Dennis Smith Jr. and Luka Doncic is something to watch. 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. It consisted of some great headlines, including Deandre Ayton being the first overall pick, Trae Young jumping into the top five picks, and Michael Porter Jr. falling all the way to 14th overall.

Instead, the Hawks got cute and traded back, something that we are on the record as saying is a bad idea. Trace the young Slovenian star's journey from a year ago until now. That's why they shipped the No. 5 pick in this year's draft and a protected No. 1 pick in next year's draft to the Atlanta Hawks to secure Doncic, who was the third pick in last Thursday's draft.

The star-studded 2018 NBA Draft held on Thursday in a packed Barclays Center did not fail to disappoint basketball fanatics around the world.

Numerous players selected in Thursday night's Draft will be on display next month in NBA Summer League.

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With one more, he can become Mexico's all-time leading scorer in World Cup play with five, breaking a tie with Luis Hernandez. The Swedes went through to the knockout rounds as the unlikely winners of Group F , taking the beaten Mexicans with them.

That gave the Mavs the chance to conclude a deal with the Hawks to get the man they always wanted.

He is the youngest recipient of the EuroLeague MVP and EuroLeague Final Four MVP awards.

Not a great shooter or defender, Doncic stands out most for his impressive playmaking skills, an attribute magnified by his 6-7 size. I have a feeling some players will be a lot less kind than Iguodala when talking about his mother.

Coming into the draft, most assumed he was a do-it-all guard. With all of that uncertainty comes a lot of trade rumors, because when a team isn't in love with a prospect at their position, they will usually at the very least entertain phone calls from other teams.

No. 26. 76ers: Kyhri Thomas, Creighton As Villanova fans can attest, the 6-4, 200-pound Thomas is a rugged combo guard who can defend (two-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year) and make the three (40.6 percent for his career). He also had "They will know your name" stitched on the inside of his jacket. The former did it against Southern Conference competition too, whereas Young played in the elite Big 12.

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