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NBA Draft: Atlanta Hawks drop down in Round 1, grab Oklahoma's Trae Young

The Hawks technically grabbed the Slovenian-born Doncic (No. 3 overall), but subsequently traded his rights to the Mavericks for a package that included the No. 5 pick ... and a first-round pick in 2019.

ATLANTA–The Atlanta Hawks apparently loved Luka Doncic ... but not as much as what came behind Door No. 2.

During Thursday's NBA draft, the Hawks technically selected the Slovenian-born Doncic (No. 3 overall), but then traded his rights to the Mavericks for a package that included the No. 5 pick ... and Dallas' first-rounder for 2019 (top-five protected).

From there, Atlanta happily snagged Trae Young–the only player in Division I history to lead the NCAA in points and assists (same season)–with the fifth selection, a move which makes perfect sense on four fronts:

a) The rebuilding Hawks are wisely stockpiling (presumptive) high picks for the coming seasons. It's the prudent path for long-term roster construction.

b) Trae Young may be this draft's most electric singular talent, with the capacity for scoring 30-plus points, burying six-plus triples or racking up 15-plus assists every night.

Young's most recognized comp among NBA veterans: Two-time MVP Stephen Curry.

c) Before coming to Atlanta, Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk helped build the Warriors into their current dynastic form; and he presumably believes Young can be a transcendent performer.

d) With Philips Arena undergoing a massive renovation, the Hawks will need a signature asset to sell tickets.