Player News - Hawks

Date: Team: Pos:

DeAndre Bembry has been working on his shot more and is working more with the shooting coaches.

He's said he will have to increase his scoring because of how the Hawks lost some of their players this offseason. Regarding his jumper, Bembry made just 27.8 percent of his Js, including just 1-of-18 from deep. The Hawks used him as the starting shooting guard in Vegas and he will play some three, so the minutes should be there for a late-round target in deep leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 4 - 5:53 PM

Luke Babbitt has agreed to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks.

Babbitt started 55 games for the Heat last season but logged less than 16 minutes a night and posted pedestrian averages of 4.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.5 assists. The one fantasy-friendly skill Babbitt does bring to the table is 3-point shooting. He averaged 1.3 treys per game last season and is a career 40.6 percent shooter from deep. The Hawks have limited depth at both forward spots, so Babbitt may see decent playing time. However, he will likely only have fantasy appeal for owners in deep leagues that are desperate for 3-pointers.
Aug 4 - 1:31 PM

The Hawks have waived center Diamond Stone

Stone wasn't great at the Summer League, but he is only 20 years old and it's a little surprising he wasn't able to stick around on the rebuilding Hawks. Atlanta is now left with Dewayne Dedmon, Mike Muscala and Miles Plumlee at center. At the very least, Stone should get an invite to an NBA training camp.
Jul 31 - 1:41 PM

DeAndre Bembry said his goal next season is to earn more minutes.

With the Hawks rebuilding and Tim Hardaway Jr. no longer around, a larger role seems like a lock for the second-year wing. "I just want to get out there. I feel like that’s all I really need – a chance to get out there – and then I’ll be able to show what I can do," he said. "I know I need to be ready so I can make an impact when my name is called." He was very impressive at the Summer League with averages of 17.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.8 steals, and he said he's to looking to improve his perimeter shooting after hitting just 1-of-18 from deep as a rookie.
Source: HoopsHype
Jul 30 - 11:25 AM

Hawks second-round pick Alpha Kaba will play in France next season.

Kaba, who was the 60th overall pick in the 2017 draft, has signed with ASVEL of the French Pro A League. It was expected that the Hawks would stash him overseas for at least one season. He can be ignored in all fantasy formats.
Jul 28 - 12:32 PM

The Hawks announced the signings of Dewayne Dedmon and Ersan Ilyasova.

According to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dedmon and Mike Muscala "figure to get the bulk of the minutes at center in 2017-18." Dedmon said he's excited about coach Mike Budenholzer and added that he's feeling confident because the system is similar to San Antonio's. He averaged 5.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 17.5 minutes per game last season, and should see a nice boost in fantasy value with a larger role on his new team.
Jul 23 - 9:25 AM

The Hawks have claimed Nicolas Brussino off waivers.

The Mavs didn't bring him back, but the Hawks will likely be giving him a chance to make the team. Brussino did play well in Las Vegas Summer League and the Hawks do need another forward on their roster. He still may not be in the rotation.
Jul 22 - 5:27 PM

The Mavs let the deadline pass without guaranteeing the contract of Nicolas Brussino.

Now that he doesn't have guaranteed money, that means Brussino could look to go overseas. Brussino had a decent summer league as one of the floor-spacing forwards for their slashing guards, and he did score 9.6 points per game over his final seven games of the 2016-17 season.
Jul 20 - 4:46 PM

Hawks assistant coach Charles Lee said he's "very excited about what John Collins can bring for us."

"It’s hard to get both offensive skill-set and athleticism," Lee said. "I think we got a really good one. As long as he can stay focused and stay humble, he’ll have a very bright future." According to Synergy Sports, Collins converted on 29-of-34 pick-and-roll opportunities at Wake Forest last season and shot 91-for-173 in post-up situations. He carried that momentum into Vegas where he put up averages of 15.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.8 steals in just under 23 minutes per game, earning a spot on the All-NBA Summer League First Team. The Hawks are rebuilding and don't have the greatest depth up front, so Collins has a great opportunity to help fantasy owners right away.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 20 - 9:41 AM

Pat Riley said he's been in contact with Luke Babbitt's agent.

"We’ve made contact with Luke’s agent," Riley said. "That’s a thought process we’re going to go through. We really like Luke and he can shoot the ball, so, it’s still open there." Despite starting 55 games for Miami last season, Babbitt was only able to muster up averages of 4.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 triples per contest on 40.2 percent shooting. Maybe he'll be able to snag a deal for the veteran's minimum, but he'll be a non-factor in fantasy hoops, regardless of his jersey.
Jul 19 - 12:09 PM

John Collins said his main goal during Las Vegas Summer League was to prove to everyone he should have gone higher on draft day.

"I wanted to prove that I should have went higher," said Collins. "Not to say that I’m not happy with the spot I’ve fallen. I’ve fallen to great spot... but I want to prove to everybody that I should have went higher. I’ve been overlooked most of my career. So I’m kind of happy, because it gives me that same energy, that same fear and drive." Collins turned some heads with his play at Summer League, so he's a guy we'll be watching very closely over the course of training camp and preseason.
Source: NBA
Jul 17 - 6:40 PM

John Collins scored seven points in 15 minutes against the Rockets on Friday, adding five rebounds, one assist and two turnovers.

That's a wrap for arguably the most impressive rookie big man in Summer League. Collins did get limited minutes because there was nothing left for him to prove, but he still managed yet another dunk and had a terrific and-one play -- he also almost put Zhou Qi on a poster (video in link below). Due to how Paul Millsap said the Hawks never made a serious offer to him, the Hawks likely drafted Collins with hopes he would be their four man of the future. So far, so good.
Jul 14 - 6:34 PM

Diamond Stone scored 12 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover against the Rockets on Friday.

It was his best game and he took it to Zhou Qi on the low block. Stone is only going to be asked to play the five spot for the Hawks, and Atlanta may have the worst group of centers in the NBA. In other words, a strong camp from Stone could lead to minutes.
Jul 14 - 5:58 PM

Taurean Prince, DeAndre Bembry and Tyler Dorsey will not play Friday against the Rockets.

Get ready for a lot of rest today. Every team playing on Friday will have their last game in the consolation bracket. As for Bembry, his time in Vegas has been a success and his improved ball handling and perimeter defense should help him get minutes on the wing. Keep an eye on him in deeper leagues.
Jul 14 - 3:25 PM

Ersan Ilyasova and the Hawks have agreed to a one-year, $6.0 million deal, according to Shams Charania.

Mike Muscala is expected to have an expanded role this year and much of that should come at center, where Atlanta would otherwise rely on Dewayne Dedmon and Miles Plumlee. Either way, Ilyasova isn't a high-upside fantasy target after averaging 10.4 points, 1.2 triples and 5.8 rebounds with Atlanta last year. His arrival also allows John Collins to develop slower, but expect him to overtake Ersan as the season progresses.
Jul 13 - 12:12 AM


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