According to Sports Illustrated, other teams have asked to include Robert Covington or Dario Saric in the mix, but the Sixers have shut those trade packages down.
The teams that currently hold the top five spots are the Suns, Kings, Hawks, Grizzlies and Mavericks. It’s a guessing game as to who the 76ers are going for and which player would fit in with their current starting roster.
It’s been speculated Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley III will likely go 1-2 to the Suns and Kings, respectively. However, ESPN notes if the Kings pass on Bagley, that could change who Atlanta picks No.
It has also been reported if Doncic doesn’t go to the Hawks, the Mavericks have targeted him with the fifth pick.
Doncic, 19, is coming off a Spanish league championship win and is expected to travel to New York to be one of 20 players sitting in the green room at Barclays Center, ESPN reported.
The 6-8 guard became the youngest to win a EuroLeague MVP last season as he averaged 14.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists over 61 total games.
A lot of guys were doing solo workouts, but I wanted to do group workouts, Knox said. I kind of wanted to compete. I wanted to show guys my competitive spirit. I did a lot of one-on-ones, a lot of two-on-twos. That’s the mindset I had going in, to try to go at people and try to dominate. So I decided not to do solo workouts and I did more workouts than people expected.
Like the Kings’ pick, Atlanta’s selection here is a difficult one to peg. This pick realistically shouldn’t be that difficult.
Sporting News’ Sean Deveney reported new Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce likes the potential Doncic has to elevate an entire roster with his playmaking ability. The 19-year-old Slovenian has the most accomplished resume of any prospect in the draft. He’s a high-floor player with tremendous upside should he improve athletically.
Don’t be surprised if Oklahoma’s Trae Young is in the conversation for Atlanta either here or in a trade scenario. General manager Travis Schlenk, previously of the Warriors, has experience seeing how valuable off-dribble shooting can be for an offense.