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#3 – Luka Doncic – Atlanta Hawks

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With the No. 3 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks selected Luka Doncic, small forward, Real Madrid.

It is being reported by The New York Times that the Hawks will send Doncic to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for the No. 5 overall pick with the contingency being that guard Trae Young is still on the board. The Mavericks will also reportedly send the Hawks another first rounder in the future.

After missing the playoffs just once from 2001 to 2016, the Mavericks have failed to reach the postseason the past two campaigns. Dallas is attempting to reload while future Hall of Fame forward Dirk Nowitzki is still active. The team selected dynamic point guard Dennis Smith Jr. last season and signed swingman Harrison Barnes to a lucrative deal in 2016.

Doncic is arguably the most NBA ready prospect in the draft from day one with multiple years of professional experience playing overseas. Doncic has a very high basketball IQ, possesses solid passing vision and is able to create his own shot.

At 19, Doncic became the youngest MVP in Euroleague history this past season, leading Real Madrid to the championship where he was also named Euroleague Final Four MVP.

Doncic was named Final Four MVP after the game as well, per Euroleague. During the Euroleague season Doncic averaged 16.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.6 per game in 30 contests.

Doncic will join a young Hawks core of point guard Dennis Schroder and forward John Collins, two of the team’s first round draft picks from prior years.

Lang Greene is a senior NBA writer for Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last 10 seasons

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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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