Future is bright for DeAndre’ Bembry


                                            Taurean Prince and DeAndre Bembry at Rookie Photoshoot
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With the 2017-18 NBA season nearing closer the Atlanta Hawks are still filling in their roster after losing big names such as Paul Millsap and Tim Hardaway Jr. The Hawks look to their young players to take control of this team, and a name that stands out is DeAndre’ Bembry.

During his rookie year Bembry was limited on playing time in the NBA. He also didn’t spend a lot of time in the D-League, now known as the G-League, only appearing in 6 games there. In his small time in the D-League Bembry managed 16.2 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game, 3.5 assists per game, and also chipping in 1.5 steals a game. Bembry played 38 games in the NBA last year but for a short period of time averaging around 10 minutes per game. With Bembry not spending a lot of time on the court, he had the opportunity to sit back and learn from the vets and get familiar with the NBA atmosphere.


                                                       DeAndre Bembry speaking to the media                       
                                                                                     Basketball Insiders



The defensive end is where DeAndre Bembry shines. He always brings the pressure when the team is on defense. He is always on his toes being agressive looking for steals or trying to create a turnover. In the NBA there is always a need for that guy that can change the outcome defensively. He has also showed that he has high basketball IQ on both ends. Bembry scored a lot of his points in the NBA from not standing still, but by moving and cutting. Having a high basketball IQ is always a great thing. When you add it into a young NBA player with a lot of talent you could have something special.

DeAndre’ Bembry guards Dion Waiters
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The Hawks are currently in a retooling stage and this is the perfect opportunity for Bembry to show the league what he is made of. He has already begun showing off his hard work and talent in the 2017 Summer League. Throughout these games Bembry has continued to stay consistent and play all-around solid games. It is evident to us all they he has added to his game and made his already solid aspects better. His defense is on point as always and he is displaying that he can become a solid ball handler. He has taken care of the ball for most part when he is on the court. As with any young player, he has showed some inexperience with it by a few bonehead turnovers. But he has also made many great plays setting up in scoring position. If Bembry continues to improve in his ball handling and playmaking a ability he can take some of the pressure off of starting point guard Dennis Schroder. Bembry also has attacked the rim very well. He seems to enjoy getting to the rim whenever he can and he excels at finishing around the hoop. A surprising upgrade of Bembry’s game this summer league is that he has knocked down some shots from behind the arc; which was nonexistent last year. He still has a long way to go with his shot. But with the determination he seems to have and the terrific development the Hawks staff has shown in the past, you never know how well it can turn out to be.

Yes, this is only summer league and is lower tier NBA competition but that doesn’t change the fact that Bembry has progressed his game. Hawks fans should be excited to see what he can become. With the team rebuilding this year he will be getting a lot of minutes and maybe even getting a chance to start. Bembry has an unique all-around game that isn’t very common and he is in a situation to take his game to the next level. Hawks fans should expect to see a very solid all-around season from DeAndre’ Bembry.

Daric Clemens – @DClemens_

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