"With as small as the world has become, and even though we have more film and information at our fingertips than ever, I still believe that worldwide players are at a disadvantage in the National Basketball Association draft process compared with their NCAA peers".
NO BALL. Although no longer a devout one for sure, I was raised a Roman Catholic and I still practice some of the virtues I was taught growing up, including this: Do not rejoice in the misery of others.
So while the Phoenix Suns were in the middle of drafting Deandre Ayton with the first overall pick in the draft, the Mavs were busy consummating a trade with the Atlanta Hawks, who had the third pick in the draft.
Michigan State power forward Jaren Jackson Jr. was picked fourth by the Memphis Grizzlies. "We're very fortunate. Luka Doncic was the guy that we targeted to get in this draft if there was any way possible to do it". At 19 years of age, he was crowned the 2018 EuroLeague MVP and EuroLeague Final Four MVP for leading Real Madrid to the title.
"One executive speculates that his peers are more afraid of picking a European bust than an American one, simply because people will make a bigger deal out of it", ESPN's Mina Kimes wrote at the time.
Coach Rick Carlisle called the trade to get Doncic, which cost the Mavs the No. 5 overall pick and a lightly protected future first-rounder, "a defining moment in this rebuild" after Dallas went 24-58 last season.
"I like challenges", Doncic said during a press conference on Friday.
"He's my favorite, he can play in a lot of different positions". "When they say you're going to be good, I like to be challenged". He's got a very unique skill set.