Hawks Player Season Recap: Antonius Cleveland

Antonius Cleveland Winslow Townson USA TODAY
Antonius Cleveland (Winslow Townsend-USA TODAY)

Back in February, Antonius Cleveland signed a 10 day contract with the Atlanta Hawks.

Cleveland joined the Hawks in February on a 10-Day Contract, he later renewed the contract again early March. Cleveland signed while he was still rehabilitating his left ankle injury he suffered from earlier in the season playing for the Dallas Mavericks.

Many were wondering why he was signed, but the Hawks knew Cleveland would be capable of going against the odds. During his time with the Mavericks, Cleveland saw action in 13 games averaging 1.5 points per game on a shooting percentage of .667 from the free throw line.

Even though Cleveland had an injury, he was still able to see some action with the Hawks. While only playing for 4 games with Atlanta, Cleveland averaged 3.3 points per game, and played 41 total minutes.

Before Cleveland made his NBA debut, he played in the G-league for Santa Cruz and the Texas Legends. There he averaged 13.6 points per game, with 2.1 assists, and 3.4 rebounds in 26.6 minutes. Cleveland also had a shooting percentage at .500 from the field. In college at Southeast Missouri, Cleveland was named All OVC First Team. He averaged 17 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.5 steals in 32.9 minutes his senior year.

Cleveland currently is signed a multi-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks that was announced mid-March. Due to Cleveland being signed while still being injured we were not able to see him play at his peak. Cleveland will definitely gain experience from playing with the summer league and will be able to improve in certain areas. The Hawks see Cleveland’s potential and are willing to bet it all to have him here for the long haul as the Hawks rebuild.

 

Chelsea Toyer | @Coyerr

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