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#10 – Mikal Bridges – Philadelphia 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers drafted Mikal Bridges with the No. 10 overall pick, and quickly traded him.

Dennis Chambers

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With the 10th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select Villanova forward Mikal Bridges.

20 minutes later they traded him to the Phoenix Suns for the draft rights to Zhaire Smith and a 2021 Miami HEAT unprotected first-round pick.

What appeared to be a storybook ending for Bridges turned upside down while he was in the middle of his media session in New York City, donning a Sixers’ draft hat and all.

Despite his move from Philly to Phoenix, Bridges is still coming off a season being named a third-team All-American and winning his second national championship under Jay Wright as a Wildcat. Bridges adds the ability to step in and contribute alongside already established Devin Booker and 2018 number one overall selection, DeAndre Ayton. Last season, Bridges shot 43.5 percent from beyond the arc, and was lauded as Villanova’s defensive specialist. Standing 6-foot-7 with a 7-foot-1 wingspan, Bridges possesses the ability to switch across multiple positions on the defensive end.

Going into next season, the Suns will feature a core of Booker, Ayton, Josh Jackson and a rangy Bridges as they look to move forward their rebuild process. With the scoring of Booker and Ayton, the defensive versatility of Jackson and Bridges, and cap space to boot, the Suns all of a sudden have one of the better looking young cores in the league.

Draft night in the NBA can be a whirlwind, Bridges learned the hard side of the business only 20 minutes into his new career.

Dennis Chambers is an NBA writer in his first season with Basketball Insiders. Based out of Philadelphia he has previously covered NCAA basketball and high school recruiting.

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2018DD

Sources: 76ers Trade Khyri Thomas to Pistons

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Philadelphia’s No. 38 overall pick Khyri Thomas will be traded to Detroit, league sources say.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Sources: Kings Trade Gary Trent Jr. to Blazers

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Gary Trent Jr. is headed to the Blazers in a trade, league source tells ESPN.

Portland will send Sacramento to two future second-round picks for Trent, league sources tell ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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#30 – Omari Spellman – Atlanta Hawks

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With the No. 30 pick in the NBA draft, the Atlanta Hawks selected Omari Spellman from Villanova University. .

After 10 consecutive seasons reaching the playoffs, the Atlanta Hawks failed to win 25 contests in 2018. Gone are All-Stars Joe Johnson, Al Horford, Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and Jeff Teague, all of whom the franchise groomed at various points during their decade of playoff bliss. Now the team is faced with a daunting rebuild under second year general manager Travis Schlenk and first year coach Lloyd Pierce.

Spellman was the third Villanova player selected in the first round of this year’s draft behind Mikal Bridges (No. 10 overall) and Donte DiVincenzo (No. 17 overall). In his lone campaign with the Wildcats, Spellman appeared in 40 contests and averaged 10.9 points, eight rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.

The Hawks continue to add shooting to their rebuilding roster. With the No. 3 overall pick, the team selected Luka Doncic, who will be traded to the Dallas Mavericks for the rights to No. 5 overall pick Trae Young. The team used the No. 19 overall selection to draft shooting guard Kevin Huerter from the University of Maryland. In Spellman, the Hawks acquire a big man that shot 43 percent from the collegiate three-point line last season.

In addition to Young and Huerter, Spellman will join a young Hawks core featuring point guard Dennis Schroder and forward John Collins, two of the team’s first round draft picks from prior years.

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