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#12 – Miles Bridges – Los Angeles Clippers

James Blancarte

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After acquiring the 12th pick in a mid-season trade with the Detroit Pistons, the Los Angeles Clippers drafted Michigan State Power Forward Miles Bridges with the 12th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. While Bridges was selected by the Clippers, he is being traded to the Charlotte Hornets, according to reports.

Bridges is a 6-foot-7 forward that can be slotted in either position. Bridges is certainly undersized at the four but has the overall game and rebounding ability to be effective down low. Bridges is also a deadly shooter and projects as a solid floor spacer for Charlotte. He also can take the ball off the dribble and finish at the rim with either hand. While he is not an elite playmaker at this point, he has the skill set to improve in this area, which could make him an impact player sooner rather than later.

Bridges may not have the upside of some other players who were still on the board but there is little doubt that he could become a very effective player. Last season Bridges averaged 17.1 points per game, seven rebounds per game while shooting 36.4 percent from three-point range.

James Blancarte is a writer for Basketball Insiders. He is also an Attorney based in Los Angeles, California.

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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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