15 Non-Lottery Draft Pick Options for Atlanta Hawks

SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 02: Jalen Brunson
SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 02: Jalen Brunson /
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AUSTIN, TX – JANUARY 17: Zhaire Smith
AUSTIN, TX – JANUARY 17: Zhaire Smith /

Zhaire Smith

A gifted, quick-twitch athlete who put his on talents on display in Texas Tech’s run to the Elite Eight, Zhaire Smith’s name has been bandied about as a mid-to-late first rounder in the 2018 draft.

Smith dominated the Big 12 with the Red Raiders, as he was 10th in Player Efficiency Rating (22.9), 2nd in offensive rating per 100 possessions (128.9) and 6th in defensive rating per 100 (95.3). Some spectacular numbers, but will they translate?

With a 6’5”, 195-pound frame, Smith should immediately be able to come in and hound opposing players on the defensive end with his length and stellar athleticism. His development on the offensive end might take longer, as he didn’t show much knack for producing his own shot. Still though, he shot 45 percent from deep (on only 40 attempts), and good shooters at the two guard position will always at least merit a look at the NBA level.