The Miami Heat are notorious for developing players into quality NBA players, one of them being Duncan Robinson. Dusty Hannahs, although not as tall, shares a similar skill, shooting threes.
Hannahs was one of the G-League’s best shooters during the 2020 season. He shot 44.7-percent on 7.1 attempts per game. During his three seasons with the Memphis Hustle, Hannahs never shot worse than 40-percent from behind the arc and did so while playing more than 20 minutes a game.
But his production in the G-League has not necessarily translated over to the NBA as he has only been able to sign 10-day contracts with the Memphis Grizzlies since going undrafted in 2017.
Despite his ability to torch teams from three, Dusty Hannahs is not quite as multi-skilled as Frank Mason III. Although the 6-foot-3 guard averaged 21.4 points per game, he is a limited playmaker and defender.
Hannahs road to the NBA perhaps may not amount to anything more than 10-day contracts or two-way contracts but he does possess a valuable skill. A skill the Orlando Magic are in desperate need of.
During his G-League career, Hannahs has shown he is a confident shooter with NBA range. Whether it is pulling up from the logo or curling around screens and shooting off the catch, he is clearly a capable shooter.
His quick release enables him to get shots off before the defender can prepare to contest. His frequent movement on and off the ball keeps defenders on his heels and in turn, opens up opportunities for him.
Although he is mostly known for his shooting, he also has shown an ability to attack defenders and finish in control despite there being contact.
Whether or not he will be able to replicate his success in the G-League in the NBA, especially against longer and more athletic defenders, remains to be seen. But the Magic should consider bringing Hannahs on for his pure shooting ability.
Especially with the return of Michael Carter-Williams, Dusty Hannah’s defensive shortcomings may not be as evident if the two play together.