Report: Hawks leaning towards Doncic with third overall pick
NBA.com Global on Jun 20, 2018 12:49 PM
FILE - Real Madrid head coach Pablo Laso gives instructions to Real Madrid's Luka Doncic during their Final Four Euroleague final basketball match between Real Madrid and Fenerbahce in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, May 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
NBA.com staff report
The Hawks are leaning toward Slovenian teen sensation Luka Doncic with the third pick in Thursday's (Friday, PHL time) draft, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Luka Doncic has moved to forefront of Atlanta's internal conversation on the third overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, league sources tell ESPN. Michigan State's Jaren Jackson and Duke's Marvin Bagley (if Kings pass on Bagley at No. 2) remain in contention for No. 3.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2018
With the Suns reportedly set on Arizona's Deandre Ayton with the top overall pick, Doncic would have to fall past just one team, the Kings at No. 2, for the Hawks to have a shot at Doncic. Per Wojnarowski, general consensus has the Kings taking Duke big Marvin Bagley III.
Doncic's stock had seemingly dropped slightly during the predraft process despite one of the most impressive individual seasons in recent European seasons with Spanish power Real Madrid.
At just 19, the 6'7" combo guard became the youngest player to win the Liga ACB MVP, the EuroLeague MVP and the EuroLeague Final Four MVP. He also won the EuroLeague Rising Star and Liga ACB Best Young Player awards for the second straight season.
In doing so he averaged 14.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists in 25 minutes over 61 total games.
Not a great shooter or defender, Doncic stands out most for his impressive playmaking skills, an attribute magnified by his 6'7" size.
As an NBA scout told NBA.com's David Aldridge: "If they use him the right way, it’s going to be real hard for him to fail. You put him in a ball screen, middle of the floor, with a good roller, it’s a really tough cover. Just the consensus I get is that people really like Doncic. They think he’s going to be a really good player."