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Luka Doncic is about to become an NBA player Mason Rudolph Color Rush Jersey , though hes unlike the other top prospects who will be drafted.

Hes already a pro. Hes already a champion.

And he might just be the most accomplished and intriguing player in this class.

After capping his brilliant stay in Spain with another title, the Slovenian guard heads the list of international players expected to be selected Thursday, a teenager whose resume is already more complete than even some of the most season veterans.

He may be the most accomplished European teenager to ever come into the draft, ESPN draft analyst Jay Bilas said. You know, theres very little that is unknown about him. Hes not some workout wonder that people are projecting. Hes accomplished things, and he has been seen in 5-on-5 against high-level competition for a number of years. Hes played professional basketball since he was 13.

Doncic couldnt join Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III and the other headliners in New York on Wednesday because he was en route from Spain after finishing off his dream season by helping Real Madrid win its ACB league championship Tuesday. The 6-foot-7 guard made a 3-pointer off one leg with the shot clock running down and Real Madrid clinging to a three-point lead, and his team held on to win the series in four games and allow him to get to Barclays Center in time for Thursdays festivities, rather than stay behind for a Game 5.

He had already been the MVP of both the Euroleague season and its Final Four, the youngest player ever to win both honors, as Real Madrid won that title as well.

Im speechless, he told the teams website after Tuesdays victory. It has been the season of my life. Its incredible.

The Phoenix Suns have the No. 1 pick and are widely expected to draft Arizona center Deandre Ayton, even though new coach Igor Kokoskov coached Doncic last summer on the Slovenian national team that won the nations first EuroBasket gold medal.

Then its Sacramento , Atlanta, Memphis and Dallas, and any of them could consider a player whos only 19 but has been playing against some of the toughest competition outside the NBA for years. And while there may always be some skepticism of European players because Darko Milicic bombed so badly after being taken right behind LeBron James and ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade 15 years ago, it would be a surprise if Doncic failed after all hes already done.

He should easily transition to the league really well, Miami guard Lonnie Walker IV said. I mean, look at what hes doing in the Euroleague. Youve got to respect what hes doing. You cant say hes not good and hes the MVP and everything of that spot. So pay respect where its due. Hes a great player. All you can say is tell him to continue to work hard and prove everyone thats doubting him wrong.

Even with Ayton, a native of the Bahamas, and Doncic at the top of the list of international candidates, the strength of this draft is at the college level. Power programs such as Duke (Bagley and Wendell Carter Jr.), Michigan State (Jaren Jackson Jr. and Miles Bridges), national champion Villanova (Mikal Bridges and Donte DiVincenzo) and Kentucky (Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander) could have multiple players taken in the top 10-15 selections of the two-round draft, and teams looking for point guards could choose between freshmen Trae Young of Oklahoma and Collin Sexton of Alabama.

They could give the NBA a second straight strong rookie class Mike McGlinchey Color Rush Jersey , after Utahs Donovan Mitchell, Bostons Jayson Tatum and 2016 No. 1 pick Ben Simmons of Philadelphia all helped their teams advance to at least the second round of the postseason.

I think its a transformational class, Missouris Michael Porter Jr. said. I think weve got a lot of different kinds of players: Deandre, Marvin, the big dudes who are special, and then me along with a couple other wings who can do a lot of different things, and then point guard, Trae, Collin Sexton, and then I heard that Luka dude I aint seen much on him but I heard hes special, too. So I think were a great draft, one of the best in a while.

The Washington Capitals have waited nearly 44 years to raise the Stanley Cup for the first time.

Their only remaining obstacles are some desert-dwelling misfits who refuse to wait for anything.

The expansion Vegas Golden Knights are just four wins away from an astounding championship when they host Alex Ovechkins long-striving Caps on Monday night to open a thoroughly improbable Stanley Cup Final.

Even the players from the NHLs last two teams standing seemed a bit surprised by their achievements when they gathered Sunday in balmy 84-degree Nevada weather.

Who would have thunk it? asked Vegas defenseman Nate Schmidt, who played the previous four seasons for the Capitals. The Stanley Cup Final that was never meant to be Braden Smith Color Rush Jersey , right?

Indeed, a first-time NHL champ will be crowned next month after a Final between two teams that arrived at hockeys ultimate destination from very different directions. While the Caps finally climbed over the hump in the Eastern Conference, the Golden Knights have been bulldozing every logical obstacle in their path since October.

Weve been able to do some things in the playoffs, but we never got to that last stage until now, Washington forward T.J. Oshie said. And everybody knows what Vegas did in the first year is very special. Were both hungry. This is going to be a beast of a series.

The Golden Knights have exceeded every expectation by utilizing a rich expansion draft and multiple clever coaching moves to create a team that dominated the Pacific Division and then rampaged through the Western Conference playoffs. Their story still carries a ring of impossibility, but theyre close to adding a real ring to every hand in the dressing room full of self-described Golden Misfits, as their T-shirts say.

The Capitals have repeatedly fallen short of their postseason goals during Ovechkins career, including a heartbreaking shutout loss to Marc-Andre Fleury in Game 7 of the second round against Pittsburgh last spring. After falling to Fleurys champion Penguins in the past two postseasons, the Caps revamped their roster with youth and finally overcame years of playoff disappointment to reach their first Final in two decades. Of course, Fleury is in the way again in goal for the Golden Knights.

Neither team was the favorite to get this far. Neither team is ready to stop now.

While Capitals coach Barry Trotz skated his now-customary hot lap before practice at T-Mobile Arena, the Golden Knights had their usual standing room-only crowd for practice at their training complex in suburban Summerlin.

Their grip on this sports-hungry town was already strong, and the 24-hour gambling mecca will come to a standstill this week during the Cup games in the arena behind the New York New York hotel-casino and its 150-foot Statue of Liberty, which has been wearing a Golden Knights jersey since April.

Speaking of larger-than-life figures in hockey sweaters , this series showcases two major talents who can cement a legacy.

Ovechkin is a formidable scorer and competitor, but he has never won an Olympic medal with Russia or a Stanley Cup ring with the Caps. Hes keeping a sense of humor about this momentous trip: With a straight face Sunday, Ovechkin said Russian President Vladimir Putin had called him to wish him luck, before adding: Im just joking.

We want to be here, Ovechkin said. We work so hard all year. I dont think nobody believes in us, and nobody believes in Vegas, and were right now in the Stanley Cup Finals, and we fight for a Cup. Come enjoy this moment.

Fleury already has three Stanley Cup rings, but he has added another incredible act to his career with tenacious play for the Golden Knights, whose inexperienced pros have leaned on him to get through tough nights.

I think its weird seeing that team here, being in the Cup the first year, said Brooks Orpik, the only Washington player with a ring. Obviously , Im not surprised (Fleury) is here. Without him, they werent beating us last year. He singlehandedly won a couple of games for (Pittsburgh) when we totally outplayed them.

Here are more things to know about the ice hockey event in the Mojave:


The winning coach also will raise the Stanley Cup for the first time in a fitting peak to two careers built on resilience. The 55-year-old Trotz never played in the NHL, but his 19th season as an NHL coach is ending in his first Cup Final. Gerard Gallant was a solid NHL forward for Detroit, but the 54-year-old bench boss had never even won a playoff round as an NHL coach before this spring.


Several Capitals pointed out the importance of minimizing turnovers against the Golden Knights, whose counterattacking acumen and team speed cause problems. Theyre a very fast team and when you turn pucks over, theyre like a shark smelling blood in the water, Oshie said. They all stop on a dime and want to take it the other way. Thats how they get a lot of their offense.


Ovechkin could become the first Russian captain to raise the Stanley Cup. If the Knights win, they dont have a captain to raise the Cup first. Gallant and GM George McPhee decided to rely on a six-man leadership council instead. I think thats the best decision we ever made, Gallant said. Sure, theres guys who could have been captain in our group, but it was their first year and we really didnt think wed be grabbing the (Western Conference) trophy the .

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