2017-18 Player Preview: De’Andre Bembry

After many D-League Stints and sitting on the bench for most of his rookie season, could the 2017-18 season be DeAndre Bembry’s time to shine? 
As many expect the Hawks are in the midst of a rebuilding process, Bembry will see a lot of time on the court. Also since the Hawks didn’t re-sign shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr., there’s a wide open position battle for shooting guard minutes in Bud’s offense.

As mentioned above, there weren’t many highlights by Bembry last year since he barely saw the court. However, when he was on the court, you saw his potential. In a D-League game, he scored 35 points on 16/22 shooting. Later in the season, he earned minutes in a regular season game against the Houston Rockets and had the responsibility of guarding MVP candidate, James Harden. 
Fans credited Bembry for containing Harden in the nationally televised contest in a comeback win for the Hawks. Later in the season, he posted another solid performance  against the Cleveland Cavaliers in a victory when most of the Hawks starters rested.
If you followed the Hawks during the Summer League, Bembry was without question one of the most improved players. He posted multiple solid outings and was very active everywhere on the court. Bembry’s athleticism was used to an advantage attacking the paint, which was beneficial considering he’s still improving as a shooter.

On defense, he made an impact with steals and scoring in transition as well. Bembry finished the Summer League averaging (10.4) Points Per Game, (5.0) Rebounds Per Game, (3.8) Assists Per Game and (1.6) Blocks Per Game in five appearances.

If Bembry can build from his stellar Summer League performances, expect his sophomore campaign to show a major leap. Personally, I view Bembry as a combo guard who could also produce as a  Small Forward at times. Also, expect to see him possibly become the Hawks 6th man and depending on the season, earn some starts.

In a position where Kent Bazemore, who struggled during the 2016-17 campaign, currently starts, depending on his fourth season in Atlanta, could work in Bembry’s favor. Overall, the potential and upside he’ll bring to a young Hawks roster should be fun to watch and we look forward to a second year in Bud’s system!

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