The Atlanta Hawks have reportedly made point guard Dennis Schroder available in trade talks leading up to the 2018 National Basketball Association draft, according to Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated. Now that seems settled, there may be a direction for Atlanta - Luka Doncic.
Doncic helped Real Madrid to the Spanish league title thanks to a 96-85 victory over Kirolbet Baskonia in Game 4 of the ACB playoffs. Never in their prior 50 years have they had the number one overall pick, and never have they had a dominant center, and one in particular with so many prognosticators comparing him to the likes of Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O'Neal, David Robinson, and others.
For the Hawks, pulling Doncic would be an absolute fantasy for this particular, as a recent plea to Hawks GM Travis Schlenk would indicate.
The 19-year-old Slovakian already has an impressive resume, as the 6-7 combo guard became the youngest player to win the Liga ACB MVP, the EuroLeague MVP, and the EuroLeague Final Four MVP.
The last time a European prospect was taken in the Top 5 it was Kristaps Porzingis to the New York Knicks, and though he has been hampered by injuries so far in his young career, he has certainly lived up to those lottery-level expectations with some incredible feats of athleticism as well as a smooth shooting touch from outside. One of the most talked about players entering the draft has been Luka Doncic of Real Madrid.
With the Phoenix Suns reportedly set on taking Arizona's Deandre Ayton with the top overall pick, the Hawks will have to hope the Sacramento Kings pass on taking Doncic at number two so that they can take him at number three.
Doncic's draft stock has appeared to drop a bit in the last few weeks.