The Mavs entered with the fifth pick and came out with Luka Doncic, maybe the best player in the draft.

Doncic has been playing with Real Madrid, maybe the best non-NBA team in the world, since he was 16, honing his skills against pros in their mid-to-late 20s who are able to be far more physical on the perimeter than NBA guards.

Forgive the Hornets, if you will, for passing at No. 11 on a potential franchise player in Michael Porter Jr., instead winding up with polished Michigan State wing Miles Bridges. Given Charlotte’s inability to budge from its station as the 10th- or 11th-best team in the East, picking Porter appeared to be a worthwhile gamble.

But Bridges is a good fit with a team in need of some athleticism on the wing. What I can’t forgive Charlotte for, though, is trading away a second-round gem like Hamidou Diallo. Alas.

The Bulls don’t like to mess with all of that upside nonsense, instead focusing on players who have experience and have proven themselves — you know, the Doug McDermott-types.

The Mariners came to town with a run of six losses in seven games. They headed back to Seattle in the thick of the AL West race.

It’s great to get a sweep, shortstop Jean Segura said. It gives us momentum as we go back home.

After missing two straight games with lower back pain, Cruz celebrated his return with his 21st homer , a two-run shot in the fourth inning that put Seattle up 2-0.

Manny Machado and Chris Davis answered with solo drives off Mike Leake in the bottom half, and that accounted for all the scoring until the 10th.

Dee Gordon beat out a dribbler to the left of the mound and scored when Cheap Jerseys Throwback center fielder Colby Rasmus bobbled Segura’s single off Miguel Castro (2-4). A Cheap Jerseys Wholesale China throwing error by third baseman Steve Wilkerson and an RBI single by Cruz followed.

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