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Vlade Divac explains why they chose Marvin Bagley III over Luka Doncic

Marvin Bagley III

Everyone assumed that DeAndre Ayton would go number one overall to the Phoenix Suns, and the draft actually started with the Sacramento Kings who held the second pick.

It seemed to come down to Luka Doncic a European superstar, and Marvin Bagley III who is one of the most versatile players in the draft.

The Kings decided to go with Bagley, and General Manager Vlade Divac was asked about the decision to pick him over Doncic. Divac said it was actually a relatively easy decision because he was a better fit for the organization.

Bagley said before the draft that he wanted to play with the Kings, something not a lot of players has said over the last few years, so it helps to get a player that is excited to play for an organization.

Vlade Divac also hit on Bagley being such a versatile player, being able to play a few positions, and that playing into the decision.

The most surprising comments of the night came when asked about how the Kings would be able to compete against the superteams in the NBA. Divac said the team is already a superteam, they are just young right now.

“My team is a superteam, just young. We are, you know, competing. We are playing hard, we are playing fun, fast. We talk about last year, you had a few of those super teams… we beat them twice, I believe. We just have to learn and be better every day, every year.”

Calling the Kings a superteam seems like quite the stretch, but can’t fault him for having confidence in this team.