13. Miami Heat
Nassir Little: Wing – North Carolina
Height:6’6 Weight:224 Age:19.3
Wingspan:7’1 Standing Reach:8.9
The Miami Heat draft small forward Nassir Little with pick number 13 in our mock draft. Little was a reserve forward for the North Carolina Tar Heels, which brings back bad memories of Marvin Williams. This will prevent Little from being a top five pick, but he’s still a lottery caliber talent. The former top five high school recruit is an incredible athlete. Little’s best trait is his perimeter defense. He relishes the assignment of guarding an opponents best player. As Hawks fans would say, he has “that dawg in him.” He’s also a good rebounding wing and provides excitement when he finishes at the rim. Nassir is dangerous in transition and runs the floor extremely well. His ball handling skills and his jumpshot needs significant improvement. He plays more like a power forward on offense than a wing. Nassir will likely take some time to develop, but the upside is clearly there.
2018 Stats: Pts:9.8 REB:4 6 APG:0.7 STL:0.5 BLK:0.5 FG%:47.8 2P%:52.7 3P%:26.9 FT%:77.0
The scouting video of Nassir Little is provided by the ESPN YouTube Channel:
14. Boston Celtics
Goga Bitadze: Center – Republic of Georgia
This pick will come as a surprise to many people, but not to international scouts who have had Goga Bitadze on their radar for a few years now. Goga is a skilled big man, who has the ability to post up and shoot outside. He also handles the ball well for a man his size. Unlike many big men with his skill set, he is a plus rim protector, blocking shots from many different angles. Goga likes to hammer down dunks every time he gets the opportunity. He plays with passion and emotion on the court. Though his three-point shot and free throw shooting improve every year, the big man needs to continue that trajectory in order to be successful at the next level. Goga isn’t a great athlete and will need to improve his angles and agility, or he will be limited to being a drop defender against the pick and roll. He also fouls at a high rate and needs to be more disciplined on defense, learning when and when not to attempt a block.
ESPN College Basketball analyst and International Basketball expert Fran Fraschilla is a believer in the talent that Goga Bitadze possess, as evidenced by the following tweet:
Goga Bitadze is a player that should be on the Atlanta Hawks radar. If Bol Bol is not healthy, he is the center that I would like to see the Atlanta Hawks draft. It’s possible the Hawks could even trade down in that scenario. His blend of rim protection, rebounding, passing and floor spacing potential, along with his high energy level, make Goga a great fit for the Atlanta Hawks offense. If he gets past Atlanta, the Boston Celtics can afford to take a chance on his upside, having picks 20 and 22 as well. The Celtics are loaded at the wing position and no point guard is projected to provide value in this range of the draft.
2018 Stats: Pts:12.1 REB:6.4 APG:1.2 STL:0.5 BLK:2.3 FG%:54.8 2P%:59.7 3P%:31.3 FT%:71.4
Eurospects has the following scouting video of Goga Bitadze posted on their YouTube channel:
Players on the Lottery Bubble:
Rui Hachimura: Forward – Gonzaga
Romeo Langford: Wing – Indiana
Kevin Porter Jr.: Wing – USC
That concludes the first edition of the Atlanta All Day 2019 NBA Mock Draft. The NBA combine results for all of the players that participated, can be found by clicking here. These picks are definitely subject to change, as information leaks about teams being enamored with certain players. The tenth pick certainly hinges on Bol Bol’s medical prognosis. The Atlanta Hawks are set long-term at point guard, power forward and one wing spot, being blessed to have Trae Young, John Collins and Kevin Huerter. So for now I chose the two players I feel offer the most upside, yet come with tools that fit the system coach Lloyd Pierce runs. They have a blend of traits that you can’t teach, as well as skills that can be improved and developed. The also play the two positions that the Atlanta Hawks need, to solidify their lineup moving forward.