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Saturday / January 19.
  • Projected No. 1 pick Luka Dončić wows with double-crossover and fullcourt shot

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    Luka Dončić, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, made a couple of plays that hit SportsCenter and lit the Twitterverse a fire.

    The 6-foot-7 Dončić, a Slovenian who plays for Real Madrid, is the projected No. 1 pick via ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, ahead of Arizona’s Deandre Ayton, Duke’s Marvin Bagley III, Texas’ Mohamed Bamba and Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr.

    Dončić overpowered FC Barcelona Lassa with 16 points, six rebounds and five assists, but that doesn’t begin to tell the story.

    Hi hit this fullcourt shot.

    And perhaps more impressive was this double-crossover reminiscent of Sixers legend Allen Iverson.

    Here’s Iverson’s original move:

    ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla appeared recently on The 4 Quarters Podcast to talk about Dončić.

    “He can be [the No. 1 pick] but I’m not willing to say that he’s the best player in the draft right now,” Fraschilla said. “It’s too early. He’s an NBA player. I don’t know if he’s going to be an All-Star. Athletically, he will not come into the league as an elite athlete, he just has an elite mind for the game beyond his years because he’s an 18-year-old playing at a high level in Europe.

    “He’s part Gordon Hayward, and he’s part Manu Ginobili. He’s got a flair for the game, he’s a great passer, he’s a great teammate, he’s an improving shooter. I don’t like his ability to not get by athletic players because he’s not seeing them every night in the Euroleague. He’s certainly going to be in the mix for No. 1 but I wouldn’t just anoint him.

    “In my opinion he’ll be a very good NBA player and have a lot to do with a team winning.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.