Atlanta Hawks: 5 options for pick No. 10 in 2019 NBA Draft

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3. Nassir Little

Not a name commonly seen in the top 10, Nassir Little is definitely an acquired taste. If the Hawks front office selects him, they’re banking on the organization’s developmental acumen to unlock his potential.

Little’s tools are what will get a team to bite. At 6’6″ and 224 pounds with a 7’1″ wingspan, he has the build to effectively defend across the positional spectrum. Combine that build with his off-the-TV athleticism, and you have quite the prospect.

Unfortunately, he’s a lot closer to “prospect” than “player” at the moment. He stagnated North Carolina’s offense at times, emitting audible groans from fans and scouts. In addition, he was often caught sleeping off the ball on defense, leading to questions about how engaged he’ll be when not featured.

Despite all that baggage, he’s got a ton of potential. With the proper coaching, he could become one of the most versatile defenders in the league. His jump shot needs a lot of work, but improvements are feasible, as cited by clipping 77 percent on free throws this past season.

Until he becomes a competent 3-point threat, his lobs and slashing will make him stand out. Defenders caught sleeping could be victims to some of the best dunks in the league, courtesy of Nassir Little.

He won’t make an impact right away, but if the Hawks want to take a high-upside swing with one of their selections, Little could be the guy.