NBA Draft 2018: Who Are The Biggest Winners And Losers?

Youth partly explains a two-year record of 57-107, including the 24-58 mark last season that landed Dallas the fifth pick before the draft-night trade with Atlanta on Thursday. The Dallas Mavericks looked all the way to Slovenia for the player they hope can be their next European superstar.

Doncic, who recently won the Euroleague MVP award, travelled to NY just days after sealing the Spanish league championship with Real Madrid. He is wearing suit shorts, similar to what LeBron James wore to a couple NBA Finals games and Draymond Green donned for last year's NBA Awards.

"They're going to put a plan together for me", he said.

I know what you're thinking: they do this every year. It's understandable why comparing young draft picks to past and present National Basketball Association players is helpful in characterizing a players' potential, but some comparisons appeared forced and few were reasonable.

"This is the part of my life I have to get used to, and I'm ready", he said. That's when I really got exposed, that's when the opportunities started, but it's just great.

Ayton is the obvious pick. The 20-year-old guard averaged 12.9 points, 4.8 assists and 2.7 steals per game this year in France's LNB Pro A league. The Phoenix Suns picked Deandre Ayton. He just called it and my mind went blank. So was Marvin Bagley III, the second pick who went to the Sacramento Kings. "I haven't had the exposure in college to really guard big men, or the big men that I guard haven't really touched the ball or really do what they were supposed to do".

The Cleveland Cavaliers made the most highly-anticipated selection of the lower lottery, using the eighth pick, which they acquired from the Boston Celtics (originally owned by the Brooklyn Nets) in the Kyrie Irving trade last August, on Alabama point guard Collin Sexton. But they ended up disappointed as NY went with Kentucky's Kevin Knox.

"He's the kind of player that is going to be able to play with virtually anybody", Carlisle said. Basically, they didn't want Woj and others tweeting "The Orlando Magic are drafting Mo Bamba at No. 6..." a minute before the selection is announced live on television.

Michael Porter Jr. went to the Nuggets at No. 14 Thursday night, giving them a potential impact player.

Being an All-American doesn't translate to being a lottery pick, apparently. Mikal Bridges, the No. 10 pick from Villanova who thought he was staying in Philadelphia with the 76ers - who employ his mother - but was dealt to Phoenix for the rights to No. 16 pick Zhaire Smith of Texas Tech and a 2012 first-round pick from the Miami Heat. The 2018 Final Four Most Outstanding Player went No. 17 overall to the Milwaukee Bucks, who made the postseason a year ago and will presumably get a lot of national exposure thanks to the presence of Giannis Antetokounmpo.


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