While the first overall pick was a tightly contested affair between Luka Doncic and Deandre Ayton, it was the Arizona big man edging out the top spot. With Ayton off the board, it was a sizeable landslide of votes that made Doncic, the do-it-all guard who has been tearing up professional ball in Europe the past year, the community's second pick. So, who is this Real Madrid menace coming to the NBA?
Doncic is a basketball prodigy, full-stop. At only 19, he's one of the younger options available in this year's draft, but he's far from being a long-term project having won the 2017-2018 EuroLeague MVP just months ago. His highlight appeal is undoubtedly his playmaking ability, but it is the combination of size, shooting, and basketball awareness paired with his passing that makes him such a deadly opponent.
Per-40 minute averages during his 2017-2018 season at Real Madrid in the Liga ACB and EuroLeague top out at 23.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, 7.5 assists, and 1.8 steals. He'll give you competent defense, grab a rebound and start a fast-break, and end the possession by picking apart the other team with an impossible pass, a step-back jumper, or a pretty finish inside. Did I mention he's 6’8”?
While he's undoubtedly NBA-ready right now there could be concerns with a so-so outside shot and how he'd fit on teams with established guard corps. In regards to the former, his 30.9% mark from three could be a concern, though he is unafraid to take them (averaging 4.8 attempts last year). There's a possibility he's just so overwhelming everywhere else offensively for it not to matter, but it is something to keep an eye on. To the latter, it is worth noting that Doncic's output comes thanks to his on-ball dominance. Is he able to contribute off-ball? Will he struggle when defenses key in on him as their point of attack? For such a young prospect those questions are probably irrelevant, but hey, they guy can't possibly be perfect in every way, can he?
But enough about the Slovenian not-so-much-a-mystery man. Who is slated to go number three overall? There are a number of forward/center prospects available, and maybe even a dark horse guard could somehow grab an upset. What say you, Brew Hoop voters?
Brew Hoop Community Draft Board Rankings
1. Deandre Ayton - C, Arizona (The Stepien Profile)
2. Luka Doncic - PG, Real Madrid (The Stepian Profile)
My pick for the #3 spot on the Brew Hoop Community Draft Board is:
This poll is closed
Marvin Bagley III - PF/C, Duke
Jaren Jackson Jr. - PF/C, Michigan St.
Mohamed Bamba - C, Texas
Michael Porter Jr. - F, Missouri
Wendell Carter Jr. - PF/C, Duke
Trae Young - PG, Oklahoma