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#6 — Mo Bamba — Orlando Magic

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The Orlando Magic will select Mo Bamba from Texas with the sixth pick in the NBA Draft.

In his only season at Texas, Bamba came out firing. He averaged 12.9 points, 10.5 rebounds,  3.7 blocks, 0.8 blocks, 0.5 steals per game. He shot 54.1 percent from the field, 27.5 percent from three and 68.1 percent from the free throw line.

Let’s talk about wingspans for a second, Bamba has a 7-foot-10 wingspan.

He had a very productive freshman year, and Texas has a history of very productive players coming out of their system. With Bamba, the Magic add another talented player to their already talented front court and fill a potential void in the future. They now have two young core pieces to build around with Bamba and Jonathan Isaac.

Bamba’s game is going to translate very well. The Magic have not had a forward this dynamic in a long time. He is very athletic and skilled at the rim. He is also great at getting rebounds and just dominates the board, something the Magic haven’t had since Dwight Howard. He is going to be the future for the Magic for a long time and Magic fans should be pleased with him sliding to the number six pick. He fits Steve Clifford’s system very well and will now play alongside Nikola Vučević with a dangerous and lethal front court.

He is not the traditional stretch four (shooting the three ball), but he will still be very productive in today’s NBA.

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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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