Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Phoenix select Ayton first in NBA Draft, Dallas get Doncic at third

Phoenix select Ayton first in NBA Draft, Dallas get Doncic at third

Slovenian sensation Luka Doncic didn't have to wait long to find out where his new home would be, as the Atlanta Hawks selected the global star with the 3rd overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

If there's one thing that's more exciting than the picks on NBA Draft night, it's the trades.

Unfortunately for Cavs fans, Doncic will not be around by the time they make the eighth pick in the draft.

The Mavericks took another guard with the 33rd overall pick in the second round, getting Jalen Brunson, who won two NCAA titles in his three years at Villanova. "We're going to have to bring him along slowly". During an interview on The Ringer NBA show, Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox was asked by The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor about Doncic possibly joining the Kings, Fox had a less than glowing response. In order to acquire the EuroLeague star, they traded Trae Young and a future first round pick to the Atlanta Hawks.

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


Dallas is a great situation for the 19-year-old prodigy however, the best out of the teams that selected one through five on draft night.

Luka Doncic is a very intriguing prospect that could easily develop into a star in the National Basketball Association if the Mavs utilize his established skills correctly. He's the first Arizona player to go No. 1 in the draft; Mike Bibby was No. 2 in 1998 and Derrick Williams was No. 2 in 2011. Overall, the NBA Draft was great once again.

You might be asking yourself, what wonderful bounty did the Hawks get in return for Luka Doncic, perhaps a player with the highest floor and perhaps the highest ceiling in this draft? Most list him at around 6-foot-7. "It's a whole different level from where he's played to where he's about to play". The big man is now entrusted with helping the Suns return to the playoffs for the first time in nine seasons. Dallas also got Ray Spalding of Louisville at No. 56, another pick originally belonging to Philadelphia.

"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.

The Trail Blazers weren't looking to add much in this draft but there two picks didn't make much sense.

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