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The Dallas Mavericks own the fifth overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft and are targeting Real Madrid’s Luka Doncic, according to ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski.
Doncic is projected to be a top five pick in the draft. He was the EuroLeague MVP and the EuroLeague Final Four MVP as well.
“That is the guy they have targeted,” Wojnarowski said Monday. “The question now is whether or not they will have to trade up to get him.”
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. He is currently playing in the Spanish ACB playoffs.
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.
The Mavericks are currently building around Dennis Smith Jr. and Harrison Barnes.