Dallas Mavericks’ star Luka Doncic is looking and playing like a veteran with all the experience he could get in the league. The Slovenian star is only 20 and is already making a huge impact in the league, which has led people to wonder why he was drafted with the No. 3 and not a higher number.
For instance, the Phoenix Suns used the first overall pick of the 2018 NBA draft to select DeAndre Ayton, passing up on Doncic, who was selected two picks later. Back when that happened, Phoenix’s coach was even Igor Kokoskov, who coached Doncic with the Slovenian national team.
"I can't answer that question because of professional code. But since you asked, all I'll say is, I'm sleeping peacefully. Luka is an unreal player,” he said, via Index, on why the Suns didn’t pick Doncic.
To make it clear, Kokoskov wanted Luka in Phoenix, but the team already had made a decision and Ayton was the guy for them. Seeing how everything played out, it’s better to say he’s sleeping peacefully before admitting they made a big mistake that night.
Suns owner Robert Sarver reportedly pushed for Ayton, who played at the University of Arizona. Ayton looked like a reasonable choice at the time.
However, now Doncic is ruling the league, making the Suns and even the Kings, who drafted Marvin Bagley III at No. 2, facing the same questions.