February 2nd, 2017. That’s where it all started.
DeAndre’ Bembry had the task to guard one of the best shooting guards in the league. Did he back down? He didn’t, and he actually did a good job. His performance that night gave fans and viewers something to look forward to in the future.
At this time Bembry wasn’t getting a lot of minutes because there was better talent than him in the rotation. He did have times at the end of the 2017 season to show get minutes, which is when the Hawks had a playoff spot locked in. The season ended, and then the Hawks decided to go another route.
The Hawks didn’t re-sign their top players, which meant more minutes for the young players. And that meant that it was time to unleash Bembry.
We were able to see a glimpse of what Bembry was capable of in the Summer League. He showed us his skills of running in transition and shiftiness in the paint. He showed us his active hands on defense and his ability to stay in front of his man. Besides John Collins, he was the most impressive for the Hawks in the Summer League.
At the beginning of the regular season, he suffered a fractured wrist, that kept him out of action for 4 to 6 weeks.
He started off slow when he returned to action, but these past 2 weeks we’ve been again introduced to the Summer League Bembry.
In back to back games against the Nets, he scored 12 and 13 points, which is his career high. He scored 8 points in each of his next 2 games against Orlando. He’s not putting up amazing stats, but his effort is what doesn’t show up in the stat sheet. The way he defends is a key piece to the game. Coach Bud has start to put him on the opposing team’s best player when the games are coming down the wire. His effort is even better on offense off the ball.
The reason his off-ball skills are so crucial is because he’s not a great shooter. But some of the all-star talent in the NBA don’t need a shot to be effective, think Draymond Green. I think that’s where Bembry falls in when it comes to skill set. He still has a lot of time to grow, so his offensive game around the perimeter will improve. Especially when you have a development team like the Hawks.
In the upcoming years, Bembry will become a do it all type of guy for this team. His raw talent has already given them a boost. We’ll just wait and see what kind of player he turns out to be as a Hawk.