The Hawks have some decisions to make.
The shooting guard position has been held down all season by Kent Bazemore. He had one of his best seasons with the Hawks with a career high in 3 point percentage, assists, steals, and blocks. It was recently announced that Bazemore will be out for the remainder of the season with a right knee bruise. That means somebody will replace Bazemore for the rest of the season, but it also leaves questions for the future.
With the Hawks turning their roster around, will Bazemore still be an Atlanta Hawk next season, and if so, will he start?
There are some interesting moves the Hawks can make at the shooting guard position. There have been some players that have stepped up and may compete for the job next season. The Hawks could even look into free agency or the draft for a shooting guard if they’re not comfortable with what they have now. Let’s just focus on what the team has in place.
If Bazemore returns next season, it would be a good move. Like I stated earlier Bazemore has had one of his best seasons. The reason for this is probably because the lack of firepower the team had, so Baze had to do more. Bazemore was also the veteran on this team, and I’m sure he helped many of the young guys get through this season. A player like Baze is great to have on any team, regardless of what his role is. His energy and leadership can help any organization.
If the Hawks do decide to go in a different direction, Tyler Dorsey has definitely proved himself to be a good player for the team. Dorsey is most likely going to be the starting shooting guard for the rest of the season with Bazemore out. If he plays well in these last stretch of games, you could argue that Dorsey may be the future at shooting guard.
At the beginning of the season, Dorsey was barely seeing action. He was mostly in the G-League, but when the Hawks bought into the youth movement he was brought back. When first put into the rotation, Dorsey had his struggles. In the last couple of weeks, he has stepped up tremendously. He’s shooting efficiently and his energy is great on the court. Dorsey has a great chance to be the next shooting guard for the Hawks.
The team could go in another direction at the position, but it’s highly questionable. You remember DeAndre’ Bembry?
Bembry was supposed to be a great asset for the Hawks this season. He showed out in the Summer League and showed big improvements since his rookie season. He was promised more minutes this season as well with the direction the Hawks went in this season. Sadly, injuries have ruined Bembry’s season.
He’s had a tricep injury, a right wrist fracture, and now it’s his abdomen that’s keeping him out. Bembry has a lot of potential, and if he can ever get healthy I do expect him to contribute to the team. As far as starting, I’m not sure he is ready, but a lot can happen from now to next season.
Who do you guys think will be the starting shooting guard for the Hawks next season?