2. De’Andre Hunter
In direct contrast to Little, De’Andre Hunter is a mostly finished product who will contribute immediately.
Hunter is the model for a 3-and-D wing. His success at Virginia was instrumental to their national championship run, as he locked down high-profile names like Jarrett Culver while hitting 43.8 percent of his 2.8 3-point attempts per game.
A huge part of his defensive makeup is his wingspan, which measures in at 7’2″. Hunter was only a cog in UVA’s elite defensive squad, but he was a big one, often matching up with the opponent’s best offensive player.
Though he will never be the fulcrum of an offense, his experience playing through one gives teams verification that he can fit into a role at the next level. Many former Cavaliers have made their marks as role players in the NBA, such as Malcolm Brogdon, Joe Harris and Mike Scott.
Like any team, the Hawks would welcome his two-way presence on the wing. He can either be the second wing next to Kevin Huerter, or the 4 in a spread lineup around John Collins. In addition, he has the length and defensive IQ to cover for Trae Young’s limitations.
Hunter’s ceiling is low, but his floor is high. Should the Hawks look to be competitive soon, Hunter could be the safe pick.