2018 NBA Mock Draft: What if Memphis wins the lottery?

BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Rawle Alkins
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Rawle Alkins /
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Luka Doncic. 2. player. 66. . G/F. Real Madrid

This week, Doncic posted his first career triple-double, the first in the Spanish League since 2007, and a picture of the type of value we can imagine from his NBA career. The Suns would be thrilled to end up with Doncic.

As mentioned by Amin Elhassan on The Jump at various points over the course of the season as well as Antonis Stroggylakis of Euro Hoops, it is much more difficult in Europe to notch a triple-double. The pace of play is slower even than some NCAA games in the U.S., plus official scorers are much more difficult to convince of an assist. There is no homecourt advantage when it comes to stat-stuffing.

The actual game Doncic put together was incredible, another tally in his column when comparing him side-by-side with the other guys at the top of this year’s draft. He was as active and engaged as ever, reading the defense and responding with fun two-man action with shooters and bigs. Doncic is already at the point where he can bend defenses with head fakes, dribble moves and changes to his line of vision. He will only get better.

The Suns need to build around Devin Booker’s complementary offensive skill set with pieces that can handle the ball and spread the floor. Watching Doncic’s back-and-forth chemistry with his Real Madrid teammates, it’s tough not imagine that partnership working well, and Doncic making this entire Suns team better.