NBA free agency rumors: Mavericks confident in chances to sign DeMarcus Cousins

What the Mavericks do tonight with the No. 5 pick in tonight’s NBA Draft will indicate basically their entire offseason plan.

Ayton wouldn’t be the first frontcourt prospect to improve as a rim protector in the NBA. DeAndre Jordan averaged just 2.5 blocks per 40 minutes as a freshman at Texas A&M before becoming one of the league’s most feared shot blockers, for example. Nonetheless, developing his aptitude as a perimeter defender may be more valuable given the NBA’s current trends.

Expect Ayton to be lauded as a surefire 20-and-10 — meaning 20 points and 10 rebounds per game — guy in the lead up to the draft. It’s probably not far off. How valuable that is in the modern NBA remains questionable. More on that later…

Where Ayton’s preeminent physical stature is unmatched among 2018 prospects, it’s Doncic’s production and accomplishments that stand alone. At 19 years old, he was named MVP of the EuroLeague, the world’s second-most difficult basketball competition outside of the NBA, led his team to its title and earned the MVP of its Final Four in the process.

The 76ers had also previously been attempting to acquire a top-five pick, according to multiple reports. They sent a second-round pick, No. 39 overall, to the Lakers earlier Wednesday.

The Raptors were reportedly hoping to trade up and select Gilgeous-Alexander. Toronto does not currently have a draft pick.

Gilgeous-Alexander, a native of Hamilton, Ontario, had a breakout freshman season for Kentucky in 2017-1He averaged 14.4 points and 5.1 assists per game on a Wildcats team that registered a 26-11 record.

The 76ers finished last season with a 52-30 record and made the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12.

Tskitishvili is one of the all-time worst NBA Draft selections. The Nuggets Cheap Jerseys USing Paypal halfway made up for the gaffe by selecting Nene at No. 7, but that also means they skipped on two-time Cheap Jerseys UK All-Star Stoudemire twice in the same draft in favor of lesser big men.

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