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The Atlanta Hawks have selected Luka Doncic, guard from Real Madrid (Spain), with the 3rd overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft. Youth partly explains a two-year record of 57-107, including the 24-58 mark last season that landed Dallas the fifth pick before the draft-night trade with Atlanta on Thursday. Dallas is in rebuilding process and Doncic is the ideal guy to build around. Point guard Dennis Smith Jr. and forward Harrison Barnes are strong complementary pieces for Doncic to work with. While it remains to be seen what level of production he'll bring, Doncic is a solid mid- to late-round draft addition if you're willing to take the risk.

Doncic, whom the Mavs acquired by moving up two spots in a draft-night trade with the Atlanta Hawks, led Real Madrid to the Euroleague and ACB (Spanish league) championships this season.

The Hawks needed Trae Young to remain available when the Mavericks selected at No. 5 to be consummated. The team won it's first Eurobasket title as Doncic played a prominent role. With that being said, we are going to dive right into the winners and losers of the 2018 NBA Draft.

Nonetheless, all the risk might pay off in the long run, as Doncic has managed to exceed everyone's expectations at such a young age.

Editors note: It has been confirmed that Luka Doncic will not play in summer league will the Mavs. The Hawks did okay in this draft, but for where they got these guys, I am not a fan.

Then he was shipped to Dallas for the 5th overall pick and future draft considerations.

The Mavericks will also send a protected 2019 first-round pick to the Hawks as part of the deal.

No. 22. Chicago Bulls: Chandler Hutchinson, Boise State Reports are the 6-7 swingman has a guarantee the Bulls will take him if he is still on the board.

Collegiate power Duke had four players picked with Bagley, Wendell Carter Jr at number seven with Chicago and Grayson Allen going 21st with Utah in the first round and Gary Trent Jr to Portland in the second round.

"He's my favorite, he can play in a lot of different positions".

Nelson discussed how Nowitzki "got thrown around like a rag doll" during his first two National Basketball Association seasons before elevating his game to superstar status. They made a lot of great decisions in their rebuild, and they're now in first place. They also have the No. 34 overall pick in the second round. He was the youngest player ever to garner both awards. And that's what makes Thursday's draft important.

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