On Thursday, the Mavericks seemed to have found what they are looking for in Slovenian Luka Doncic. Last season we saw All-Star Jimmy Butler traded from the Bulls to the Timberwolves on draft night, and this year the Mavericks and Hawks kicked off the in-draft dealing by swapping top-five picks.
The move for the Mavericks could play out well, as Doncic is widely considered one of the best European prospects in recent history.
The Dallas Mavericks looked all the way to Slovenia for the player they hope can be their next European superstar.
"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. "They really wanted me, and they were very, very nice", the 19-year-old said.
Dallas and Atlanta had been discussing a trade swap throughout the day on Thursday.
"He's a great leader, a great person", Doncic said of the 2007 MVP and 2011 NBA Finals MVP. "Having all that confidence and leading up to that point when I saw Adam Silver came out, I was just waiting for my name, and when he called it, my mind went blank". "Now you're seeing the makings of the stuff that we had back 20 years ago".
"I think it's a transformational class", Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. said. "When they say you're going to be good, I like to be challenged".
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.
The final pick of the draft was Kostas Antetokounmpo, who is the younger brother of Milwaukee superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and was picked by Philadelphia. 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.
While many recently drafted rookies will soon participate in NBA Summer League, don't expect the No. 3 overall pick to be on the court.