No. 3 pick, Atlanta Hawks
Q: How do you feel being selected No. 3?
I feel very, very excited. It's a great moment for me. I cannot imagine that it will happen. I feel great. I feel very, very happy.
Q: How does it feel knowing that the Grizzlies want you and were willing to trade Shareef Abdur-Rahim?
It doesn't matter to me. I am the third pick. I'm really, really excited. I'm happy, I can't ask for anything more.
Q: You seemed dazed when you were selected. Were you?
It's fantastic. I'm here. I'm the third pick. It's the first time I've been in the States. I can't ask for any thing more.
Q: Talk about the adjustment you'll have to make?
I think my adjustment, you know, the league will be a new kind of play. I think that it will be tough, but I'll put all my effort to do that as quick as possible.
Q: Is the Dirk Nowitzki comparison a fair one?
He's a European like me. Physically, he's like me, more or less. But I think that the game Nowitzki plays is similar but is not like me. I see a lot of games in Spain, and I love the NBA.
Q: When did you think that you'd be considered for the NBA?
I began to think about it this year when scouts came to see me in Spain. I began to realize that I had the abilities to go, to come here.
Q: Were you close to pulling out of the draft because you haven't played out your contract in Spain?
Yes, for sure. I told them before the draft that if I was picked top six that I would pay the buyout [the contract] and come here next season.
Q: Do you think that you can make the improvement to do well at the NBA level?
For sure. I think I can improve a lot more, and I think I'm a player with a lot of possibilities. I want to improve and become a good player in the league.
Q: What part of your game improved this season?
Basically, mentally. I got more experience, I played really hard this year and I did a lot of things on the court. Technically, I play more three.