Hawks Face Memphis in Day 1 of the Utah Summer League

Tyler Dorsey (AJC.com)

The Hawks are back! Sort of.

For the first time, the Atlanta Hawks are taking part in the Utah Jazz Summer League. After partying with Atlanta United Saturday night the young core of the Hawks are headed out west for a three game set with Memphis, San Antonio and Utah.

Game one pits the Hawks against the Memphis Grizzlies Monday Evening at 7PM. No Bob and Nique unfortunately but all Summer League games can be found on NBA TV or the ESPN family of networks.

While Trae Young, John Collins and Tyler Dorsey headline the roster, there are plenty of names to watch here. I fully broke down the names last week here. The worst news however is that DeAndre’ Bembry will not be able to suit up due to his wrist injury.

New head coach Lloyd Pierce held a few practices last week but isn’t really looking to implement a solid system just yet. He wants the young guns to just go out and get a feel for the league and it’s pace.

As Trae Young stated, Pierce wants the pace to be pushed. In practice they’ve been using 16 second shot clock.

There’s also a 4 Point line on the Hawks’ practice court. But Pierce says it’s just for spacing. Although Young would have no problem pulling up from there.

Videos Courtesy: Fox Sports Southeast


A few things of note to keep an eye on in Summer League:

  • The pace the Hawks play with
  • Trae Young’s adjustment to defenses of players with NBA size and skill
  • John Collins’ leadership development
  • Can any of the un-drafted players get the attention of our staff
  • Tyler Dorsey’s development as a playmaker
  • Omari Spellman’s adjustment to the NBA pace and speed
  • Alpha Kaba’s development
  • How will Antonius Cleveland look now that he’s healthy

Projected Starters

Guard – Trae Young

Guard – Tyler Dorsey

Forward – Antonius Cleveland

Forward – Omari Spellman

Center – John Collins


Game Info

Tip Off: 7:00 PM ET


Radio: None

Summer League Schedule

July 3: 7:00 PM – Hawks vs. Spurs (NBA TV) in Utah

July 5: 9:00 PM – Hawks vs. Jazz (NBA TV) in Utah

July 7: 5:30 pm ET – Hawks vs. Knicks (ESPN) in Las Vegas

July 8: 5:30 pm ET – Hawks vs. Blazers (ESPN2) in Las Vegas

July 10: 3:00 pm PT 6:00 pm ET – Hawks vs. Bulls (NBA TV) in Las Vegas

July 11-17: At least 2 tournament games in Las Vegas


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