Phil Veasley: Lead Hawks Writer. ATLSportsHQ
While it has been a miserable season record wise, there have been some surprising bright spots for the Atlanta Hawks.
It’s no secret that the Atlanta Hawks have had a rough season. One check at the April 5th Injury Report and Standings Table could easily confirm that.
An @emoryhealthcare injury update:
Dedmon, Cleveland: Probable
Prince (back soreness): Questionable
Delaney, Bazemore, Morris, Schröder: Out pic.twitter.com/AJLinIvQMb
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) April 5, 2018
But most diehards would agree that this season has actually been rather enjoyable. These players go out there every night and give it their all despite usually ending up on the wrong end of the scoreboard.
Lost in all the injuries, trades, buy-outs and losing, GM Travis Schlenk has been able to find some diamonds in the rough.
Here’s a look at the guys that have joined us on Ten-Days and Two-Ways this season.
Cavanaugh was signed to a two-way contract with our G-League Affiliate Erie Bayhawks on November 5th. Not even two weeks later he put up 16 Points including 4 Three-Pointers in a one point loss to the Pelicans. He has stepped up whenever Coach Bud has called on him and that work was rewarded with the signing of a multi-year contract in December. Tyler is averaging 4.7 PPG and 3.3 RPG on the season in 13 MPG.
Cleveland was signed to a 10-Day Contract earlier this season despite dealing with a bad ankle injury. After those two 10-Days expired he was signed to a multi-year deal. The Hawks have high hopes in terms of his development. He finally made his Hawks debut on April 4th and looked decent, scoring 5 Points in 12 Minutes of action. Look for him to try to make a bigger mark in Summer League and Training Camp.
Reeling with injuries down the stretch the Hawks signed the former Slam Dunk Champion to a 10-Day Contract on April 1st. Evans was averaging a shade over 15 PPG up in Erie.
Damion Lee is winning on and off the court right now. He’s turned heads in his limited time with the Hawks and is engaged to Steph Curry’s sister. Lee has appeared in 13 games for Atlanta this season, scoring in double figures 8 times and even a 20 point game. Lee’s production hasn’t gone unnoticed. After his first 10-day, there was a bit of speculation that Damion was in discussions with other teams. Lee eventually signed another 10-day with Atlanta before signing for the rest of the season. Damion looks like he could be a solid rotational NBA player and I hope the Hawks are able to sign him for next year as well.
Perhaps the most recognizable name on this list is Josh Magette. The starting Point Guard and leading Assist man of the Erie Bayhawks has seen sparse minutes this year for the Hawks. Known for his enhanced passing abilities, Josh is able to hold is own even at the NBA level. After leading the G-League once again in Assists, Magette will look to make the Hawks, or other team’s 15 man roster next season.
The Hawks signed Jaylen Morris to a pair 10-Day Contracts and eventually for the rest of the season in March. After several decent games, Morris went down with an ankle injury and has yet to play again. He is expected to be in Summer League and Training Camp and has a chance to make next year’s squad.
Andrew White III
Andrew burst onto the scene on Valentine’s Day after singing his Two-Way Contract. White III exploded for 15 Points while helping the Hawks nearly erase a 34 point deficit. He was previously averaging 16 PPG with Erie. Since then, he’s played sparingly but when given the opportunity he produces. Expect to see White in with a Summer League team and probably be the recipient of a Training Camp invite later this year.
The success Travis Schlenk has had finding these guys this season has to make Hawks fans even more excited for the future. No matter where our pick lands in the Top 5 of this coming draft, Schlenk has shown that he has the eye for talent.
While important to hit on our first round picks, it’s equally important to be able to find these diamonds in the rough as we have this season. The future is bright in Atlanta!
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