Published: Sun, June 24, 2018
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Mavericks acquire Luka Doncic from Hawks for Trae Young, pick

Mavericks acquire Luka Doncic from Hawks for Trae Young, pick

EuroLeague MVP and Eurobasket champion Luka Doncic is bringing more than just a European flavor in the National Basketball Association.

There was plenty of buzz about Slovenian teenager Luka Doncic leading up to the 2018 NBA Draft, and for good reason.

"Moms decent!" Iguodala tweeted to his 1.3 million followers. She also posted a selfie from Barclays Center on Thursday night. The Mavericks could've waited for a different prospect to fall to them at No. 5, but decided that it was worth giving up additional assets to move up two spots to land Doncic, who could be a franchise cornerstone for them.

Collegiate power Duke had four players picked with Bagley, Wendell Carter Jr at number seven with Chicago and Grayson Allen going 21st with Utah in the first round and Gary Trent Jr to Portland in the second round.


Young was a dynamic scorer in his only season at Oklahoma as one of the country's best point guards. "I can too, but to be like LeBron, I have to work much harder", Doncic said.

"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. "A dream has come true", Doncic said. He is supposed to be good, a serial scorer who can shoot from the parking lot and became a YouTube sensation after scoring 92 points for Chino Hills high school in 2017. He's got a very unique skill set. In the interview that we had with him we talked to him a little bit about things that we do from a functional training standpoint for strength and the fact that we're very proactive about doing things really on a day-to-day basis. That being said, he's been playing competitive basketball for almost a year-straight and could be a bit worn out at the moment.

While the majority of this year's draftees entered the league via college, Doncic has been playing professionally for Real Madrid for a few years.

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