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Although the first round of the NBA draft is the most exciting of the two, the second round tends to be the most intriguing, as the remaining teams try to select the best, underrated starlets left on the board that could potentially provide the talent needed to anchor their franchise.

We’ve seen this with players like Manu Ginobili, Marc Gasol, Draymond Green, and most notably, back-to-back MVP Winner Nikola Jokic. Though it can be challenging to find those ‘diamonds in the rough,’ every year presents another opportunity for a handful of teams to secure that overlooked, rising star or two that can be something special in this league.

This year, the Hawks have the 14th pick in the second round (44th overall) and could easily be that team that stumbles across a bright, game-changing prospect. But in order to get a better feel and idea of what kind of talent they could have available with their selection, we’re going to take a look at how the history has unfolded for the four previous 44th overall pick holders.

On that note, let’s get right to it.

Brooklyn Nets forward Kessler Edwards (14) misses a dunk attempt against the Golden State Warriors in the second quarter at the Chase Center.
Chicago Bulls center Marko Simonovic (19) participates in shoot around before a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center.
Denver Nuggets center Bol Bol (10) dunks the ball during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center.
Washington Wizards guard Issuf Sanon (30) falls out of bounds after being fouled during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Atlanta Hawks at Thomas & Mack Center.
Brooklyn Nets guard Isaia Cordinier (28) dribbles against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kelan Martin (30) during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Thomas & Mack Center.

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