Phoenix Suns: The pros and cons of drafting Luka Doncic No. 1

Carrie Guzman
June 20, 2018

The 19-year-old Doncic, the youngest EuroLeague MVP ever, capped a historic season for Real Madrid with a championship series victory in the ACB League in Spain.

If the Kings indeed selected Bagley at #2, the Hawks could possibly pull the best prospect in this draft 3 overall - an incredible achievement that would immediately help to upgrade a roster that finished last in the Eastern Conference in 2017-18.

"Armed with four desirable picks, the Hawks have also explored trade options for No. 3, including the potential of moving down".

Slovenian teen star Luka Doncic has elevated to the forefront of the Atlanta Hawks' internal discussions on the third overall pick in Thursday's National Basketball Association draft, league sources told ESPN.

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If, from this draft, Deandre Ayton is the only player they select that pans out and becomes a star, the Phoenix Suns will have made off like bandits.

However, for all the concerns over his flaws (which apply to every prospect in every draft ever) and outright xenophobia (the name Darko Milicic will never die no matter what European prospect we're talking about), Doncic has one of the highest floors and highest ceilings in this class.

Once comfortably ahead of his competition in mock drafts, 18 straight months of basketball took its toll on the Slovenian prospect, and suddenly, GMs have soured on the worldwide prospect who's dominated EuroLeague basketball at the ripe age of 19.

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". Just the consensus I get is that people really like Doncic.

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