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SB Nation: D-League's Top Call-Up Candidates

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One option the Atlanta Hawks have for adding some depth to their frontcourt would be utilizing the D-League. Atlanta has already gotten lucky this season with a former D-League standout in Ivan Johnson. SB Nation's Scott Schroeder outlines the top D-League candidates by position for a call-up and a 10-day NBA contract.

Schroeder lists three names at the center position that perhaps Hawks general manager Rick Sund should take a look at if he hasn't already.

Greg Smith, Rio Grande Valley Vipers

Scout's Take: "Smith had some nice moments for the Houston Rockets in training camp and his age definitely makes him a prospect. He's got good size and athleticism, but needs to develop more on the offensive end so he can go to work further from the basket."

Mikki Moore, Idaho Stampede

Scout's Take: "Mikki's the best true center in the D-League, but he doesn't have a lot of 'ridiculous upside' left. He can still rebound the ball, though, and stays active on the defensive end so it'd make sense for a playoff team to give him a look."

Jeff Foote, Springfield Armor

Scout's Take: "Foote's the best center prospect in the league when considering his size, ability to run the court and soft hands for a guy his height. He's definitely not a finished product, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him on an NBA bench later this year."

Schroeder also points out that former second round pick Keith Benson was also mentioned in the survey. Benson has appeared in four games for the Sioux Falls SkyForce and is averaging 13 points, six rebounds and 0.5 blocks per game. He also has yet to record a single assist during his stint in the D-League.

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