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Could prized European prospect Luka Doncic slide in the NBA Draft? Apparently so, according to a report from ESPN.
Doncic, 19, could drop as far as fifth following his showing at the Euroleague Final Four.
Granted, he won the Euroleague Final Four MVP for Real Madrid, and is still considered a can’t-miss prospect. But scouts appear to have left the tourney thinking perhaps the 6-foot-6 swingman won’t make an immediate NBA impact.
“It was not Doncic’s finest performance of the season in a stagnant, physical and at times ugly affair, but he played an instrumental role regardless over the weekend, as evidenced by being named the youngest-ever Final Four MVP following the (championship) game.”
The Phoenix Suns have the first overall pick and are said to be favoring Arizona center DeAndre Ayton. The Sacramento Kings are selecting second, with the Atlanta Hawks third.
There is a growing sentiment that the Kings and Hawks could also take a pass on Doncic, per ESPN, leaving him available for the likes of the Memphis Grizzlies (fourth overall) or Dallas Mavericks (fifth).
Of course, another team could also trade up to select Doncic — who has yet to make his intentions for next season known. There is the possibility he could return to Europe and force the team that drafts him to wait.
Basically, with the draft just about five weeks away, Doncic has become its biggest mystery.