If the Atlanta Hawks were to go back in time to 2018 they would not have made the trade of Luka Doncic for Trae Young. They would not have had the chance. According to Bleacher Report, Doncic would have gone in the No. 1 spot to the Phoenix Suns and Young would have been selected by the Sacramento Kings with the No. 2 pick.
For those who are unsure of what actually happened with those picks, the Suns took Deandre Ayton and the Kings took Marvin Bagley III. In the re-draft, Ayton goes at No. 4 to the Memphis Grizzlies instead of Jaren Jackson jr. who goes at No. 7 in the re-draft, going to the Chicago Bulls.
Bagley, who was originally picked at No. 2 slides out of the lottery in the re-draft. He would be taken with the 18th pick according to B/R. This means that he would have been taken by the San Antonio Spurs and he would have turned into a much different player under Greg Popovich.
So who does this mean that the Atlanta Hawks take with pick No. 3 in the 2018 NBA re-draft?
Well, instead of selecting Doncic, then trading his to the Dallas Mavericks for Young, the Hawks would have had a much simpler time, selecting the OKC Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. SGA was originally selected with the 11th pick by the Charlotte Hornets. He was then traded to the LA Clippers for Miles Bridges and draft picks.
Knowing what we know now about SGA now, this would have been a pretty good move for the Hawks. He is a talented creator for himself and for others. He is developing into a big-shot type of player and has the right attitude when it comes to his teammates as well as coachability.
There would be no way that the Hawks would trade him unless they had a slam dunk of a superstar that they could bring into the team. Still, it is a good thing that things don’t change with hindsight, there are not many better players in the league than Young and the Hawks are super happy to have him in the fold.