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Wizards NBA Draft truth and rumors

After weeks and months of talking upside, shooting woes and prospects, prospects, prospects, the NBA Draft - and Bradley Beal's 19th birthday - is finally here. Thus, here is an overall look at the latest rumors, the final thoughts and all the mocks, profiles and long term projections you can handle...Reading the tea leaves: The Beal fit locally is obvious, but heading into this week the same argument could be made for the talent-needy Charlotte Bobcats and the off-guard lacking Cleveland Cavaliers. Then the Bobcats traded for the outside shooting skills of Ben Gordon, effectively taking them out of the Beal mix should they keep the pick. Then the Cavs, seeminglythe most obvious trade partner for the Bobcats, apparently cooled their heels on the hole move up thing. From today's Akron Beacon Journal:"And while Anthony Davis should be spectacular, he is the only potential superstar the Cavaliers see in this draft. That's why it would be a bit surprising to see them trade with the Charlotte Bobcats to move up to No. 2...From all accounts, the Cavs will be happy to sit at No. 4 and wait to see who falls to them. It will most likely be Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who should be wearing a Cavs jersey by the end of the night."If all goes crazy and Beal is drafted second - the Bobcats reportedly have at least "five legit offers"-, North Carolina's Harrison Barnes or Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are the logical fall back options...except neither I nor Barnes seem keen about him playing in the backcourt...except MKG's intangible-heavy game does not come with a perimeter shot, thefacet this team lacks.
The Wizards could use their valuable second-round pick to entice the Bobcats, but I stillthink a trade down into the 5-10 range, where Austin Rivers, Jeremy Lamb and Dion Waiters should be, is the true backup plan. For now, it does not appear like the Wizards will be in a "break this glass in case of emergency only" situation.Second-round planning: From a position or need standpoint, the Wizards basically can't make a wrong call with the No. 32 pick, though I'm not sure this roster needs another athletic tweener forward type. If no Beal, then adding an outside shooter becomes almost mandatory. Otherwise, adding abackup point guard who has shown to be a floor general in college like Kansas' Tyshawn Taylor or Iona's Scott Machado should be a strong consideration. Click here for my look at all the various areas the Wizards can address with the No. 32 pickMock this: My 1-32 picks plus projections for some local college players in the second round (the first DMV selection in round 2...Norfolk State's Kyle O'Quinn). More mocks here from Frank Hanrahan and other national sites.The super-sleeper, blow your mind scenario: Ironically, this idea comes from Beal himself and it's one that would send him not to D.C. but OKC. The savvy freshman said in an interview that the Thunder are interested in moving him for him. That would mean a move into the No. 2 or 3 position - and that would likely mean Oklahoma City shipping James Harden. There has been some general chatter over time with colleagues and others about the idea of dangling the high-lottery pick to the Thunder seeing as Harden's future contract situation could be problematic for a team already paying out major coin to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Odds of such a major move are low and it would also likely cost the Wizards 1-2 of their own young bucks. Profiles: During the lead up the draft, I analyzed various draft prospects with help frombasketball insiders plus examined a potentialfit in with the Wizards, from the likely options at 3(Bradley Beal, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Andre Drummond, Thomas Robinson, Harrison Barnes) to one trade down candidate ( Jeremy Lamb,) plus potential second-round targets (Darius Miller, Festus Ezeli, Henry Sims, Kris Joseph, Tomas Satoransky).My faves: Not saying these are the best of the best in this draft, but I like the way these guys play and I believe they will out-kick the coverage when it comes to their consensus pre-draft perception and final draftslot: Royce White (Iowa State, PF), Kendall Marshall (UNC, PG), Hollis Thompson (SF Georgetown), Jeremy Lamb (UConn), Jae Crowder (Marquette).On the other hand...:My skepticism meter is running highest for Andre Drummond (UConn, C), Perry Jones III (Baylor, SF), Fab Melo (Syracuse, C), Will Barton (Memphis, SG). Not sure I get all the "Dion Waiters is the next great thing" love that is going on either, especially when in light of recent Syracuse misses like Wes Johnson and Jonny Flynn, but I hope he proves me wrong. Well, sort of. It's always fun to be right. We'll see who was right and wrong in the years ahead...

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NBA Draft 2018: Mavs trade up to select Luka Doncic, send Trae Young to Hawks

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NBA Draft 2018: Mavs trade up to select Luka Doncic, send Trae Young to Hawks

The Dallas Mavericks traded up two spots to select Luka Doncic with the No. 3 overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The Mavericks swapped its first round pick, No. 5 overall, with the Atlanta Hawks, who then took Oklahoma star Trae Young.

The Hawks had been interested in trading back to select Young all week.  

Along with the No. 5 overall pick, Dallas will send a 2019 protected first round pick, according to Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania. No players are involved in the trade.

Doncic, the 19-year-old guard, dominated in Europe this past season. He was named EuroLeague MVP, finishing the year averaging 14.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists over 25 minutes per game.

Young broke out in his freshman season at Oklahoma, leading the Sooners to a March Madness berth. He scored 27.4 points and picked up 8.7 assists per game, leading the country in both categories.

Young will likely become the replacement to Dennis Schroder, who is expected to be traded by the Hawks.  

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2018 NBA Draft Results: round-by-round picks, updates, live tracker

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2018 NBA Draft Results: round-by-round picks, updates, live tracker

The 2018 NBA Draft is finally here and with the Phoenix Suns on the clock and Arizona center DeAndre Ayton expected to be the No. 1 overall pick, the Thursday night festivities can get underway.

The NBA Draft is arguably the best non-sporting sports event of the Summer, with the best college and international basketball players ready to find out which teams they will begin their professional careers with.

From booms to busts, draft night trades and shocking selections, the NBA Draft provides a lot to unpack.

Here are the results from the 2018 NBA Draft, with live updates and analysis on every first and second-round draft pick.

2018 NBA Draft First Round Results

PICK (1): Phoenix Suns select C Deandre Ayton (Arizona): Ayton is a big-bodied center with classic post moves and a 7-foot-5 wingspan. You can't pass him up.

PICK (2): Sacramento Kings select F Marvin Bagley III (Duke): Bagley is an explosive frontcourt player who should thrive in today's NBA.

PICK (3): Atlanta Hawks traded draft rights of SG Luka Doncic (Slovenia) to the Dallas Mavericks: We have our first Woj Bomb!

Doncic can go to his left or his right and is a big-time shotmaker. He might be the best overall player in this draft, it's just going to be in Dallas instead of Atlanta.

More on the Atlanta Hawks-Dallas Mavericks trade here.

PICK (4): Memphis Grizzlies select F Jaren Jackson Jr. (Michigan State): Jaren Jackson is a modern big man in today's NBA. He might be the best overall defender in this draft.

PICK (5): Dallas Mavericks traded draft rights of PG Trae Young (Oklahoma) to the Atlanta Hawks: Hawks GM Travis Schlenk was an Assistant GM in Golden State with Steph Curry. Trae Young can be Schlenk's version of Steph Curry in Atlanta.

PICK (6): Orlando Magic select C Mohamed Bamba (Texas): Mo Bamba's 7-foot-10 wingspan is the longest in this draft and his defensive prowess and rebounding will make him a contributor immediately.

PICK (7): Chicago Bulls select F Wendell Carter (Duke): The second Duke Blue Devil off the board in the 2018 NBA Draft is an insane rebounder and has a well-rounded offensive game and good footwork. The Bulls know what they're getting in this draft with Wendell Carter.

PICK (8): Cleveland Cavaliers select PG Collin Sexton (Alabama): He may play with LeBron James in Cleveland, he might not. Regardless of LeBron's decision, Collin Sexton is a ball-dominant point guard who's extremely quick and impressive on defense.

PICK (9): New York Knicks select F Kevin Knox (Kentucky): Kevin Knox is a volume scorer, something the Knicks need with Kristaps Porzingis sidelined with a knee injury. Knox can knock down shots from inside and out, which bodes well for his NBA career.

PICK (10): Philadelphia 76ers select SF Mikal Bridges (Villanova): A two-time national champion, Mikal Bridges can fill up the basket from all over the court and is a solid defender. He's a prototypical 3-and-D player.

PICK (11): Charlotte Hornets traded the draft rights to PG Shai Gilgeous Alexander (Kentucky) to the Los Angeles Clippers: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a high-character, versatile guard, who some argue is the best overall point guard in the 2018 NBA Draft. (Player profile)

ANOTHER WOJ BOMB!

PICK (12): Los Angeles Clippers traded the draft rights to SF Miles Bridges (Michigan State) to the Charlotte Hornets: Miles Bridges is a big-bodied small forward with quickness and athleticism that make him an elite finisher at the rim.

PICK (13): Los Angeles Clippers select G Jerome Robinson (Boston College): Jerome Robinson turned himself into a high-volume scorer during his junior season at Boston College, finishing second in the ACC in scoring behind Marvin Bagley.

PICK (14): Denver Nuggets select F Michael Porter Jr. (Missouri): A year ago Michael Porter Jr. was expected to be a top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, but a back injury limited his college career to only a handful of games. Even still, he might have the most upside in the 2018 NBA Draft.

PICK (15): Washington Wizards select

PICK (16): Phoenix Suns select

PICK (17): Milwaukee Bucks select

PICK (18): San Antonio Spurs select

PICK (19): Atlanta Hawks select

PICK (20): Minnesota Timberwolves select

PICK (21): Utah Jazz select

PICK (22): Chicago Bulls select

PICK (23): Indiana Pacers select

PICK (24): Portland Trail Blazers select

PICK (25): Los Angeles Lakers select

PICK (26): Philadelphia 76ers select

PICK (27): Boston Celtics select

PICK (28): Golden State Warriors select

PICK (29): Brooklyn Nets select

PICK (30): Atlanta Hawks select

2018 NBA Draft First Round Results

PICK (31): Phoenix Suns select

PICK (32): Memphis Grizzlies select

PICK (33): Dallas Mavericks select

PICK (34): Atlanta Hawks select

PICK (35): Orlando Magic select

PICK (36): New York Knicks select

PICK (37): Sacramento Kings select

PICK (38): Philadelphia 76ers select

PICK (39): Los Angeles Lakers select

PICK (40): Brooklyn Nets select

PICK (41): Orlando Magic select

PICK (42): Detroit Pistons select

PICK (43): Denver Nuggets select

PICK (44): Washington Wizards select

PICK (45): Brooklyn Nets select

PICK (46): Houston Rockets select

PICK (47): Los Angeles Lakers select

PICK (48): Minnesota Timberwolves select

PICK (49): San Antonio Spurs select

PICK (50): Indiana Pacers select

PICK (51): New Orleans Pelicans select

PICK (52): Utah Jazz select

PICK (53): Oklahoma City Thunder select

PICK (54): Dallas Mavericks select

PICK (55): Charlotte Hornets select

PICK (56): Philadelphia 76ers select

PICK (57): Oklahoma City Thunder select

PICK (58): Denver Nuggets select

PICK (59): Phoenix Suns select

PICK (60): Philadelphia 76ers select

Before the draft: The NBA Draft always brings questionable fashion decisions. This year is no different. Trae Young is wearing a shorts suit and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is wearing ... whatever he's wearing. Colin Sexton is wearing a suit WITH HIMSELF on the inside.

Ah the annual shoes with spikes photo. This year, the shoes are on the feet of Collin Sexton and Marvin Bagley III