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Doncic: "I am excited to play with a legend like Dirk Nowitzki"

30 June, 2018, 09:29 | Author: Rachael Silva
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With the hopes of making up from the bad trade they a made a year ago, the Denver Nuggets took a chance on drafting Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. And while there may always be some skepticism of European players because Darko Milicic bombed so badly after being taken right behind LeBron James and ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade 15 years ago, it would be a surprise if Doncic failed after all he's already done.

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".

Only two players who stayed all four years at college were taken in the first round, tied for the fewest seniors chosen. We are going to steer away from any of those comparisons. "He's got his own challenges".

After offering comparisons to the late Drazen Petrovic, three-time champion Toni Kukoc and longtime San Antonio star Manu Ginobili, Carlisle stopped.

Those 1990s-era Mavericks had 10 straight losing seasons.

No. 9. New York Knicks: Collin Sexton, Alabama Sixers fans who want Villanova's Mikal Bridges will sweat this pick out, but the Knicks go with the 6-2 Sexton, a point guard who can score. We get a guy that we think is a franchise foundation piece...very refined for a kid who is 19...


Can Dallas win 23 more games than last season with Doncic now on board?

Then, midday on draft day, Dallas and Atlanta engaged in conversations involving the third and fifth pick.

Given his age, Doncic's production is nearly unprecedented; rotations in the EuroLeague run deeper than they do in the National Basketball Association, which makes it hard for young players to tally meaningful minutes.

The Hawks might have gotten more exciting in this draft, but they also are a terrible team rebuilding that could have used more solid picks. Doncic might only get one chance to get Dallas back on track with Nowitzki, the 13-time All-Star who has hinted that 40 is a nice round number as a retirement age.

"I've been talking to a lot of teams but especially Dallas, who were so nice to me", Doncic said in an interview after he was selected at the Barclays Center in NY. "We feel like we've got that here in a different form". "I'm just really happy to be part of his career".

The underlying lessons learned from the Dirk-Bird comparisons when it comes to Doncic?

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