Hawks have Doncic at forefront for third pick

The Mavs prized rookie Luka Doncic went on a huge 11-0 run to help Dallas beat the Rockets

Real Madrid’s Luka Doncic has moved to the forefront of the Atlanta Hawks’ internal conversation on the third overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft, according to a report from ESPN.

Doncic, the EuroLeague MVP, just finished playing in the Spanish ACB playoffs and will be in the green room during Thursday night’s draft.

At 6-foot-7, Doncic finished the season averaging 14.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists, shooting 45.6 percent from the field and 30.9 percent from three.

The Phoenix Suns are expected to take Arizona’s Deandre Ayton with the first overall pick, while the Sacramento Kings are leaning toward taking Duke’s Marvin Bagley III.

NBA scouts have concerns over whether Doncic is athletic enough to defend his position in the NBA. He is versatile, as he’s able to play point guard, shooting guard or small forward. His inability to use his off-hand and attack the basket off the dribble is something he needs work on as well.

The Hawks hired Philadelphia 76ers assistant Lloyd Pierce as their new head coach.