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No. 18 – Atlanta Hawks: Jamaal Franklin, SG/SF, San Diego

Mar 24, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Diego State Aztecs guard Jamaal Franklin (21) brings the ball up court during the second half against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles during the third round of the NCAA basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Center. Florida Gulf Coast defeated San Diego State 81-71. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

A slasher may be the best interest for the Hawks if Josh Smith decides to sign with a new team. Perhaps his status as a first-pick is questionable, but he has shown vast improvement. From his freshmen year when he averaged 2 .9 points, his scoring average skyrocketed to 17 points in his junior year. Franklin thrived as an off ball slasher and cutter in his three years at San Diego. He displayed a high IQ for his movement away from the ball to get open looks.