The Atlanta Hawks swapped the rights to Doncic, the No. 3 pick from Slovenia, to Atlanta for Trae Young, the No. 5 selection from Oklahoma in on Thursday night in the National Basketball Association draft.
With playoffs, the Las Vegas Summer League lasts 11 days, so there remains a possibility Smith and Doncic could play a game or two together. 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.
The Hawks needed Trae Young to remain available when the Mavericks selected at No. 5 to be consummated. This relieves pressure off Doncic, as he doesn't have to live up to the hype of being the #1 overall pick.
"We're going to propel forward with the idea that we've got to start winning games", Carlisle said, but he also preached the need to be patient with Doncic because of his age.
Hawks fans can also be happy with Young, Spellman and Devonte Graham, a second rounder from Kansas.
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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"I think it's a transformational class", Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. said. The Atlanta Hawks were happy to drop, as they had their eyes on Young all along. Doncic's ability to use his 6-foot-7-inch size to feast on smaller guards makes him a fascinating pairing as the two-guard in Dallas.
"Dirk and I had a long talk coming in", Nelson said about the player Dallas drafted days after his 20th birthday in 1998.
"He's my favorite, he can play in a lot of different positions".
The trade included a future first round pick, but the Mavericks may have gotten the best player in the draft. "NBA stardom doesn't happen overnight".
The Mavericks are coming off consecutive losing seasons for the first time in almost 20 years, back when Nowitzki ended up being the centerpiece of a rebuilding project that led to 12 straight trips to the playoffs and the franchise's only championship in 2011.
No. 28: Golden State Warriors: Kevin Huerter, Maryland: Warriors coach Steve Kerr wants to get younger and a player who can contribute right away. It can be recalled that the Nuggets selected Donovan Mitchell as the 13th overall pick of last year's draft before eventually trading him to the Utah Jazz.