Mavs’ Luka Doncic unlikely to play in Summer League


The only certainty in Thursday night's NBA Draft is that the Phoenix Suns will take Arizona center Deandre Ayton with the overall No. 1 pick.

So ask Nelson about a player the Mavericks clearly coveted heading into the draft in Doncic, and he'll choose his words carefully regarding the 19-year-old from Slovenia. Combine the drafting of Doncic with last year's ninth overall pick in point guard Dennis Smith Jr. and a still-young leading scorer in Harrison Barnes, and Carlisle expects the losing to stop soon, if not this coming season. 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. Doncic was slated to be traded to the Dallas Mavericks as long as Trae Young was still up for grabs at #5. The team won it's first Eurobasket title as Doncic played a prominent role.

The versatile guard was the youngest ever to debut with Real Madrid in 2014 when he was 16 years and 61 days old.

After the Dallas Mavericks drafted Young, he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks for rising European star Luka Doncic.

After capping his brilliant stay in Spain with another title, the Slovenian guard heads the list of global players expected to be selected on Thursday, a teenager whose résumé is already more complete than even some of the most seasoned veterans.

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You might be asking yourself, what wonderful bounty did the Hawks get in return for Luka Doncic, perhaps a player with the highest floor and perhaps the highest ceiling in this draft? But the game showed how good Sexton was, as he scored 40 points to keep Alabama close in what became an 89-84 loss.

After that, it was a mostly straightforward draft with little fireworks, but plenty of national champion Villanova Wildcats.

No. 25. L.A. Lakers: Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State He is a classic 3-and-D guy, a 6-8 forward with a 7-3 wingspan who can play and defend a number of positions.

Johnson was the Nets' coach when they moved to Brooklyn in 2012 but was sacked with a 14-14 record early in that first season shortly after they were blown out at home by Boston in a nationally televised Christmas Day game.

Kinda wish they had this same intensity to pick Giannis Antetokounmpo, and no amount of therapy is going to convince me to let this one go. They then follow that pick up by selecting another guard in Jerome Robinson.