Doncic was Atlanta's highest draft pick since 2007, when center Al Horford was the No. 3 pick. Doncic has been criticized for his lack of athleticism, which Smith Jr. has plenty of.
Then it was another guard with Alabama's Collin Sexton going at No. 8 to Cleveland, triggering chants of Michael Porter Jr.'s name by Knicks fans who hoped they would take him with the No. 9 pick. As one of the likely top selections in the draft, Doncic's talent is undeniable, with NBA TV offering a profile of the 19-year-old native of Slovenia that indicated who his favorite player is: Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James. But, as expected, it was announced that he'll be traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Trae Young, who will be sent to Atlanta. Nowitzki knows first hand what it takes to be successful in the National Basketball Association as he has put together an illustrious career that will one day put him in the Hall of Fame.
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"He may be the most accomplished European teenager to ever come into the draft", ESPN draft analyst Jay Bilas said.
The Hawks, meanwhile, get an exceptional shooter in Young, a 19-year-old guard who earned Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors for the Oklahoma Sooners this season. "NBA stardom doesn't happen overnight".
The 6-foot-2 Young scored at least 40 points in four games and tied a Division I record by recording 22 assists in a game. The Mavericks acquired Nowitzki during the 1998 draft, trading down to get the 7-footer who was taken ninth overall by Milwaukee. "It's a whole different level from where he's played to where he's about to play". Dallas also got Ray Spalding of Louisville at No. 56, another pick originally belonging to Philadelphia.
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.