5 reasons Luka Doncic was a good pick

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The trade included a future first round pick, but the Mavericks may have gotten the best player in the draft.

Luka Doncic shook Commissioner Adam Silver's hand in an Atlanta Hawks hat, but was traded to the Dallas Mavericks shortly after. His father, Sasa Doncic, played professionally for 15 years.

Doncic figures to shape the future of the Mavericks in some form with Dallas coming off consecutive losing seasons for the first time since the second of Nowitzki's two hard years at the start of his career. Doncic, a playmaking 6-foot-8 guard, is one of the most accomplished European prospects ever to enter in the National Basketball Association.

In 174 EuroLeague games, Doncic averaged 9.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per.

"When you have a young guy like Dennis that just went through that, to have a person of Luka's age as well as a guy like Dirk that has seen and done it all in basketball, you get both perspectives and both are extremely valuable", Nelson said.

While the majority of this year's draftees entered the league via college, Doncic has been playing professionally for Real Madrid for a few years.

Leading up to the draft, the Hornets traded Dwight Howard to the Nets in exchange for Timofey Mozgov, two second-round picks and cash.


He is the youngest recipient of the EuroLeague MVP and EuroLeague Final Four MVP awards.

No. 20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Troy Brown, Oregon A big guard (6-7, 215) who can defend and pass, but needs to improve his 3-point shooting (just 29.1 percent).

"This means the world to me", Ayton said.

As an NBA scout told NBA.com's David Aldridge: "If they use him the right way, it's going to be real hard for him to fail".

"[The Mavericks have] been talking to me", Doncic said on the broadcast after being selected. "They think he's going to be a really good player".

The final pick of the draft was Kostas Antetokounmpo, who is the younger brother of Milwaukee superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and was picked by Philadelphia. But as ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday, Doncic started to separate himself in the Hawks' internal draft conversation.

The only certainty in Thursday night's NBA Draft is that the Phoenix Suns will take Arizona center Deandre Ayton with the overall No. 1 pick.

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