The Grizzlies may be on the cusp of a rebuild, or they could stubbornly trudge on, hoping to grit and grind their way back into the playoffs.
The Mavericks also gave up a future first-round pick to draft Doncic, who only arrived in NY on Wednesday after helping Spain's Real Madrid win its league championship after he won Euroleague MVP and Final Four MVP honors when they won that title this year. Robinson dominated at Boston College but there were definitely players with more upside than him. With the freakish ability of Dennis Smith Jr.to break through defenses and the scorer's mentality of Doncic, experts believe that the Mavericks are expected to climb into the winning column in a short term. (Several executives told me that the typical EuroLeague team would crush collegiate competition.) According to ESPN's Kevin Pelton, Doncic has the highest wins above replacement player (WARP) projection of any European prospect since 2006, when data became available. "I'm just really happy to be part of his career". We're not going to know for a while.
"He's my favorite, he can play in a lot of different positions". "When they say you're going to be good, I like to be challenged".
With established head coach Rick Carlisle at the helm and Dirk Nowitzki in tow Doncic has landed in the flawless location to maximize his development. He wore No. 7 with Real Madrid. Dallas is in rebuilding process and Doncic is the ideal guy to build around.
The name of Luka Doncic will be prominently mentioned on Thursday night during the National Basketball Association draft.
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"I think it's a transformational class", Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. said.
He may be young, but the precocious talent has been playing professional basketball in the EuroLeague as a member of Real Madrid for the past four seasons. So the Sacramento Kings would surely take Doncic at No. 2, right?
We're very fortunate. Luka Doncic is the guy we targeted in this draft if there was any way possible to do it. ... "He's got his own challenges".
Leading up to the draft, the Hornets traded Dwight Howard to the Nets in exchange for Timofey Mozgov, two second-round picks and cash. The reigning Associated Press player of the year averaged 18.9 points and 4.6 assists in his final season.
The final pick of the draft was Kostas Antetokounmpo, who is the younger brother of Milwaukee superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and was picked by Philadelphia.