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Luka Doncic at forefront for Atlanta Hawks at 3rd overall

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Sergio Cook | 26 June, 2018, 20:16

The Mavericks are also sending a protected first-round pick to Atlanta.

"They have been talking to me about the National Basketball Association all year because they knew I was coming so I think I'm prepared".

Doncic's No. 1 fan, Mirjam Poterbin, regularly gushes about her 19-year-old son on social media, calling him her "champion". If they can get a valued piece or two and their starters can stay healthy, the sky is the limit for these Mavericks.

The second pick was Duke University's athletic power forward Marvin Bagley III, who went to the Sacramento Kings.

"Last night was symbolic to me that it was kind of a defining moment in this rebuild", said Carlisle, who had just one losing season as a coach before the current Dallas slide.

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.

Dallas swapped picks late in the second round with Philadelphia and got Dayton's Kostas Antetokounmpo, the younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. As far as the league consensus, every team will see it different I'm sure.

Doncic, a 19-year-old Slovenia native who just led Real Madrid to the 2018 EuroLeague title, is regarded by some as the best overall player in the draft.

"I will tell about all at the right time", he said. Doncic might only get one chance to get Dallas back on track with Nowitzki, the 13-time All-Star who has hinted that 40 is a nice round number as a retirement age.

In 174 EuroLeague games, Doncic averaged 9.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per. "Which team ends up getting the pick will obviously play a role, but Ayton's sheer productivity combined with his freakish physical tools are making it increasingly hard to keep Luka Doncic up top, especially after a somewhat lackluster month of February by his standards". But as ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday, Doncic started to separate himself in the Hawks' internal draft conversation. He was the 60th and final pick of the draft.

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