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Dallas Mavericks Nate Hinton Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks rookie Nate Hinton could be the next undrafted free agent steal

Nate Hinton plays every game like it could be his last and that certainly could be the case for his tenure with the Dallas Mavericks. Even in a weak draft class, Hinton did not hear his name called in either round. His motor and intangibles, however, earned him a professional contract.

His effort alone has made him somewhat of a darling among Mavs fans and more importantly, coach Rick Carlisle. The former Houston Cougar has played more minutes for Dallas than second round picks Bey and Terry.

Hinton is a freak athlete at 6’5, 210-lbs. Pair that natural athleticism with his infinite battery, and he is good for at least one impact play per game.

In terms of weaknesses, Hinton is a little undersized to play forward but doesn’t have the ball-handling or playmaking necessary to play guard.

His heart is more than big enough to make up for his size, though. In just 84 minutes played, Hinton has totaled 35 field goal attempts, ten free throws, nine rebounds, six steals, and two blocks. He takes full advantage of every second he’s earned on the floor to prove himself.

If Hinton can improve his 3-point shooting, he should be able to carve out a role as a 3-and-D guard when flanked by two ball-handlers.

Next: Hinton's ceiling and floor