8. Alen Smailgaiç
A 6’9” forward/center that’s learning to stretch to three-point land, Alec Smailgaic finishes well and proved in summer league he was ready for the alley-oop. The youngest player on the team at 18, however, coming in as the 13th man seems the most likely.
He could be a great spark off the bench and provide help should any of the centers go down. “Smiley” is a developmental prospect and worth keeping an eye on, especially since he was signed to a four-year contract per Michael Scotto of The Athletic.
7. Omari Spellman
Omari Spellman is a catch and shoot big man that’s young and inexperienced. But he’s high energy, can block shots, is great in pick and pop and pick and roll, and could be excellent if he has a chance for spot minutes with D’Angelo Russell.
He averaged a large 17.9 minutes per game in his rookie year last season with the Hawks per Basketball Reference. He’s tough, physical and could fit in as the premiere stretch five off the bench if he has minutes with Kevon Looney. His experience gives him the upper hand on Smiley.