Dallas moved up two spots in the National Basketball Association draft Thursday night to get Slovenian guard Luka Doncic, who was selected by Atlanta at No. 3 while the Mavericks picked former Oklahoma scoring sensation Trae Young for the Hawks at No. 5 as part of the deal. Doncic is a possible pick in Thursday's NBA Draft.
Doncic, arguably the best player in the 2018 NBA Draft class, is one of the most proven prospects in recent memory.
The last time the Mavericks were coming off at least two straight losing seasons, as they are now, they traded down for Nowitzki, who was drafted ninth by Milwaukee in 1998.
At just 19, the 6-7 combo guard became the youngest player to win the Liga ACB MVP, the EuroLeague MVP and the EuroLeague Final Four MVP.
The Hawks needed Trae Young to remain available when the Mavericks selected at No. 5 to be consummated.
The Hawks have four picks in the top 34, including three in the first round.
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"We're obviously very excited to have (Doncic) but he's got a very tough road ahead of him". 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 that tournament, Doncic was named to the All-Tournament Team and won EuroBasket 2017 Most Valuable Player. The Hawks need a lot of talent, and let's be honest... if they are to ever get great... they must find some stars.
The Mavericks will also send a protected 2019 first-round pick to the Hawks as part of the deal.
At 6-foot-2 and a scrawny 178 pounds, Young has to build his body significantly.
No. 24. Portland Trail Blazers: Grayson Allen, Duke This is higher than most mock drafts, but Allen would fit right in with CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard. "It's a whole different level from where he's played to where he's about to play".
The Hawks, who finished last in the Eastern Conference last season, will continue their rebuilding effort with Young and first-year coach Lloyd Pierce. They also see a potential seismic shift that could also make the Mavs an attractive free agent destination for the next decade and beyond.
The talented crop of drafts will be hoping to make as big an impact on the league as Aussie Ben Simmons did this season alongside fellow rookies Donovan Mitchell and Jason Tatum.