The Philadephia 76ers, after selecting Louisiana-Lafayette point guard Elfrid Payton with the 10th overall selection, have agreed to a trade with the Orlando Magic for European star Dario Saric, who was taken with the 12th overall selection. Orlando, who needed to draft a point guard after passing on Dante Exum for Aaron Gordon at pick #4, traded Saric, a future second-round pick and the first-round pick they got from Philadelphia in the Dwight Howard trade in order to land the promising young point guard. Philadelphia, then, amasses more future draft considerations while using both lottery picks on players that likely won’t suit up for the team this year. Saric just signed a three-year deal in Turkey that will keep him from the NBA for at least two seasons, while Joel Embiid’s back issues could sideline him for the 2014-2015 season should Philly take the same precautions with him as they did Nerlens Noel. They’re in no hurry to get better, apparently, but Orlando is, hence the move for Payton.
#19 – Kevin Huerter – Atlanta Hawks
With the No. 19 pick in the NBA draft, the Atlanta Hawks selected Kevin Huerter from the University of Maryland.
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, each 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.
Huerter becomes the first Maryland player to be selected in the first round since center Alex Len was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in 2013. Huerter was projected to be available in the 16 to 24 range and the Hawks get a 6-foot-6 shooting guard, who has the ability to spread the floor.
In two seasons at Maryland, Huerter averaged 12 points, five rebounds and three assists on 46 percent shooting from the floor. As a sophomore, Huerter connected on 73 three-pointers on a sparkling 42 percent accuracy from long range.
The Hawks have been looking for consistent production from the two guard spot ever since Tim Hardaway Jr. left the team to join the New York Knicks in free agency last summer.
Huerter 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, as well as dynamic guard Trae Young, who was selected with the fifth overall pick of this year’s draft (pending the trade with the Dallas Mavericks being finalized).
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