The Atlanta Hawks traded the third overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft to the Dallas Mavericks for the fifth overall pick and a future first-round pick that can come as soon as next season. The pick is protected in the top five.
With the fifth overall pick, the Hawks will get the University of Oklahoma point guard Trae Young, the only player in the history of NCAA basketball to lead the country in scoring and assists. Young worked out for the Hawks on June 12 and by all accounts (video of the private workout was provided to the media) showed the Hawks staff the gifts that made him a first-team All-American and before that a McDonald’s All-American.
“Trae’s a guy we had our eye on, his ability to pass the ball is what we really liked about him,” said Hawks GM Travis Schlenk moments after the pick was made by Dallas for Atlanta. “The court vision and his passing are things that really stood out about him.”
Young, a Norman, Oklahoma native, averaged just under 28 points and just under nine assists per game for the Sooners last season.
With the Hawks’ starting point guard Dennis Schroder coming off of a career-best season last year (19.4 points, 6.2 assists, 3 rebounds per game in 67 games) it remains to be seen if he and Young will be in the backcourt together.