I call him Bemgod.
DeAndre’ Bembry’s season was not full of luck, but it did have some spurts of positive signs. With the new roster set in place at the beginning of the season, Bembry was due to play a big part of the team. Bud also noted earlier in the season that the “space and pace” offense would benefit Bembry greatly.
Bembry had already had a great Summer League campaign. He showed flashes of his athleticism and playmaking ability. His defense was even better throughout the Summer League. The excitement for the Bembry, Collins, and Prince trio was getting underway for the regular season. And then the injuries started to happen.
Bembry was diagnosed with a triceps strain that was supposed to keep him out for 4-6 weeks. He ended up coming back sooner than later and was cleared to play against the Pistons in the preseason. Sadly another injury struck him again.
After the season opener, Bembry suffered another injury, this time a fractured wrist. Next was a groin injury in the G-League in December. In January he would miss 1-3 weeks with an adductor strain.
After a healthy scratch in February, Bembry suffered an abdominal strain, which kept him out for a long period of time. It was not until the first of April that Bembry returned to action for the Hawks. He didn’t play many minutes to start, but getting on the floor at all was positive in itself. To close the season, Bembry started the last 3 games and looked impressive. His shot needs improvement, but his way of getting to the lane and nice defense showed up big in those games.
To end the season, Bembry was again diagnosed with a right wrist fracture and is out 4-6 weeks. Not a great way to end the season, but what we saw from Bembry this promising. With more reps and time to work on his craft, he will be a good fit the team in the future.
Malik Brown: @_MalikATL
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