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NBA draft 2018 winners and losers

Before Luka Doncic strutted toward the stage, the trade surfaced. It had long been in the works, a deal between the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks, and its completion brought buzz Thursday night at the Barclays Center.

The trade headlined the 2018 NBA draft, which featured few surprises. One of the surprises, though, was Michael Porter Jr.’s slide down the lottery.

he fell to the Denver Nuggets at No. 14, leading us to the rest of the winners and losers from Thursday night:

After a 20-year absence from the basketball universe, apparel brand Puma pounced back into the sport. It did so ahead of Thursday night’s draft, and it did so aggressively.

Not only did the brand sign No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton to a shoe deal, but it also inked a deal with No. 2 pick Marvin Bagley III. Two other Puma endorsees — Michael Porter Jr. and Zhaire Smith — were selected 14th and 16th, respectively.

Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter assisted in the relaunch, which featured Walt “Clyde” Frazier’s signing a lifetime deal with the brand. Carter holds the title as Puma basketball’s “creative director,” and he’ll play a part in selecting future endorsees. One of them has already been announced: Rudy Gay.

The 11-year pro capped off the splash made by the NBA’s newest brand on draft week.

he’d later be traded to the Phoenix Suns for the No. 16 pick.

he was the most experienced player in the draft.

traded the No. 5 pick and a future protected first-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks for its No. 3 pick. Atlanta was enamored with former Oklahoma guard Trae Young, so the trade made sense for both parties.

Each franchise picked up its preferred player through the deal. They both generated the draft buzz that was highly anticipated.

Porter slipped past the top-10 and was selected at No. 14 by the Denver Nuggets.

According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the drop forced his losing nearly $ 26 million on a four-year deal.

Trae Young was drafted No. 5. He was the first point guard to be selected in the draft. But while that fact is notable, his fashion statement was even more so.

Like LeBron James did in this year’s NBA Finals, Young sported a suit with, yes, shorts. They were burgundy-colored, just like his coat, and they were matched by his little brother, Timothy Young.

In fashion sense terms, Young won the draft.

Philadelphia’s goal Thursday night was to soup up a roster that was good enough to make last season’s Eastern Conference semifinals. Unfortunately, it had to do so without a permanent general manager.

76ers president Bryan Colangelo resigned after his wife admitted to using Twitter accounts to praise her husband and criticize team members. Therefore, 76ers coach Brett Brown stepped into the role to make picks.

Whether plans were changed or not when Brown stepped in, Philadelphia ended up with former Texas Tech forward Zhaire Smith (via a trade with the Suns for Mikal Bridges) and former Wichita State guard Landry Shamet. Time will tell whether the 76ers made the right choice, but they’re not alone.

Time will tell for the other 29 NBA teams, too.

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