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#7 – Wendell Carter Jr. – Chicago Bulls

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With the seventh pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls selected Wendell Carter Jr. out of Duke University.

Carter, 19, averaged 13.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2 assists per game in his lone season with the Blue Devils. One of the more versatile players in the draft, Carter is a do-it-all forward that can defend multiple positions. Carter spent most of his time in the frontcourt alongside forward and second overall pick Marvin Bagley III.

Slightly overshadowed by Bagley, Carter, standing 6-foot-10 and near 260 pounds, held his own and was an absolute workhorse at Duke. Offensively, he has a diverse game — Carter can bang down low with other bigs or step outside and shoot the ball. Defensively, he can guard multiple positions and is a good shot blocker, totaling 76 blocks across 37 games.

Carter will join last year’s seventh overall pick, Lauri Markkanen, in Chicago as the Bulls continue to rebuild their roster. Together, Markkanen and Carter could be a dominant frontcourt duo for the Bulls for years to come.

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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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