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#23 – Aaron Holiday – Indiana Pacers

Spencer Davies

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With the 23rd selection in the NBA Draft, the Indiana Pacers decided to pick UCLA point guard Aaron Holiday.

Spending three years with the Bruins, Holiday made his mark as a versatile floor general. In every season, he shot above 41 percent from deep and averaged over four assists and a steal per game.

As a freshman he started all 32 games and was an aggressive player, but struggled to put the ball in the basket. Sophomore year was a change of pace with the emergence of then-freshman Lonzo Ball, but he stayed the course and still contributed with his highest field goal percentage at the school (48.5) during his time there.

The 21-year-old’s junior season was where he made a real jump. After Ball’s departure to the pros, UCLA really leaned on him to be the go-to guy – and he delivered. Playing a PAC-12-high in minutes  (1,244), Holiday put up over 20 points and dished out nearly six assists per game. He can pull down rebounds when necessary and has the ability to be quite bothersome on the defensive end.

As previously mentioned, Holiday made his money as a perimeter shooter while playing for the Bruins, but took a huge step forward in Year 3. That is evidenced by a dramatically increased three-point rate and free throw rate, as well as as conference-leading 20.8 points produced per game.

This all goes without mentioning that Holiday is the younger brother of current NBA players Jrue and Justin.

The Indiana Pacers got themselves a good one and added depth at the point guard position with this decision.

Spencer Davies is an NBA writer based in Cleveland in his first year with Basketball Insiders. Covering the league and the Cavaliers for the past two seasons, his bylines have appeared on Bleacher Report, FOX Sports and HoopsHype.

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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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