The torch is ready to be passed to Luka Doncic

Last night, the Dallas Mavericks traded up to the #3 pick to add Luka Doncic to their roster. The Mavs are going 'Euro' all over again.

The Draft

Going into last nights draft the Dallas Mavericks had the #5 pick, however, there was speculation that Dallas would trade with Memphis for the #4 pick. I wrote an article on that here. In the end, the Dallas Mavericks traded with the Atlanta Hawks for the #3 pick in the draft. The Atlanta Hawks picked Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavs picked Trae Young, then they swapped picks with Dallas giving the Hawks a 2019 protected first-round pick for the deal. I was really happy with Dallas getting Luka Doncic as he has been playing pro basketball in the EuroLeague since he was 15. As I am from Europe I really love that the Mavs are re-building with a Euro player once again.

Luka Doncic

Luka Doncic has been playing professional basketball in Europe since he was 15. Luka won the league this season with his team Real Madrid, he was the Final Four MVP and the League MVP. He represented the Slovenian national basketball team in the EuroBasket tournament which he helped win in 2017. Luka Doncic is listed as a 6'7-foot guard, in his MVP season in the EuroLeague he averaged 14.5 points, 4.6 assists, and 5.2 rebounds a night! This is truly impressive for a 19-year-old. I am very excited what Luka can bring to Dallas. 

Jalen Brunson

At the #33 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Dallas Mavericks selected Jalen Brunson. Jalen is a 6'3 point guard who played for Villanova in College. Brunson finished a fantastic college career at Villanova with a second national championship. He averaged close to 19 points and 5 assists per game as a junior. While this pick might seem weird as Dallas already has a lot of guards such as DSJ, Luka, Yogi and Seth Curry, I think that Curry could leave in FA and that Yogi might get traded. 

Kostas Antetokounmpo and Ray Spalding

The Mavs traded pick #54 to the 76ers for picks #56 and#60.

With the 56th pick, Dallas drafted Ray Spalding, a 6'10 power forward who has a 7'4 wingspan. In college, he averaged 12.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks a game.

With the 60th pick, Dallas drafted Kostas Antetokounmpo, one of the four brothers of Giannis Antetokounmpo. Kostas is a power forward who has a 7'2 wingspan. 

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