Mavs swap picks with Hawks to get Luka Doncic

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He is expected to spend his rookie season as a teammate of Dirk Nowitzki, who plans to become the first player to spend all 21 seasons with the same franchise.

Read on and find our draft grades for each pick the Hawks made, as well as the overall grade for the Draft.

In securing the rights to the No.3 pick Doncic, the Mavericks surrendered their rights to No.5 pick Trae Young, an explosive scorer out of Oklahoma known for his unlimited range, plus a lightly protected first-round pick in the 2019 draft.

The Atlanta Hawks on Thursday used their number three pick to draft Slovenian guard Luka Doncic, the celebrated 19-year-old EuroLeague MVP who led Real Madrid to the EuroLeague championship this year and Spanish ACB title on Tuesday.

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Still, while the Mavs are well aware that Doncic was arguably the best player in this year's NBA Draft, making the transition from European basketball to the NBA is not always an easy proposition. I see you need some pieces. "They really wanted me, and they were very, very nice", the 19-year-old said.

"I can too, but to be like LeBron, I have to work much harder", Doncic said.

NO BALL. Although no longer a devout one for sure, I was raised a Roman Catholic and I still practice some of the virtues I was taught growing up, including this: Do not rejoice in the misery of others.

After that, it was a mostly straightforward draft with little fireworks, but plenty of national champion Villanova Wildcats.

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At 6-foot-7 and 220 pounds, Doncic averaged about 15 points, five rebounds and five assists during Real Madrid's championship season. "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".

Back in the U.S., Duke's Marvin Bagley III got off to such a hot start to his college season that he moved up to No. 2 on Givony's board. His lengthy European season kept him from working out for teams but he knew the Mavericks were interested.

"They booed (Kristaps) Porzingis (on draft night) and look where he is now".

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