Likely Top-3 Pick Might Stay in Europe
Potential No. 1 draft pick Luka Doncic said Thursday that he is still undecided on whether or not he will play in the NBA next year.
“Ι’m not sure if these are the last two games [in Europe],” Doncic said prior to the EuroLeague Final Four. “We have yet to make this decision. Perhaps after the season.”
Doncic, a 6’6 point guard, is considered one of 2018’s top draft prospects. Despite his young age (19), he excelled playing for Real Madrid this season, averaging 16.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG and 4.4 APG in EuroLeague play, and being voted to the All-EuroLeague First Team. He has also starred in international play, helping Slovenia to the 2017 EuroBasket gold medal.
The uncertainty surrounding Doncic could have ramifications regarding his draft position. Phoenix has the No. 1 pick, and the Suns’ recent hiring of Igor Kokoskov, Doncic’s Slovenian national team coach, would suggest that they plan to choose the international star. If Doncic stays overseas however, Phoenix might elect to go with a player who would step in immediately, such as DeAndre Ayton or Marvin Bagley. Doncic would then fall to the Sacramento Kings or the Atlanta Hawks, holders of the second and third picks, respectively.
The Doncic situation is worth following, as it could affect the future of multiple teams, and even the broader landscape of the NBA, if the Slovenian star is indeed worth the hype.