Even though the Hawks finished the Utah Summer League with a 0-3 record, there are some positive outlooks on the young rookies.
The Atlanta Hawks wrapped up the Utah Summer League finishing 0-3 in last place with 2.5 playoff points.
So Trae Young is a bust, the Hawks are going in the wrong direction, and Lloyd Pierce isn’t the right coach for the team, right? That is actually all but correct despite what you have heard on Twitter this past week. Even though the Hawks went 0-3 in this mini summer league, it was their first time playing together as a team and the young core showed flashes of greatness that will soon come.
ATLANTA HAWKS VS MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES
The first game came against the Memphis Grizzlies, who drafted Jaren Jackson Jr, a player many were hoping Atlanta would draft at pick #3. The Hawks fell short in that game 103-88. John Collins was great for Atlanta, as many expected, finishing with 9 points and 6 rebounds in 22 minutes of action. Tyler Dorsey (18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists) and rookie Omari Spellman (11 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks) were also key players in this game who look to have bright futures with the Hawks. The video below shows Spellman’s fascinating block during the 2nd quarter.
Sadly, the story of the game was Trae Young’s poor shooting. He finished the game with a solid 16 points and 3 assists, but that doesn’t hide the fact that he shot 1 of 11 from 3 point range. Young couldn’t seem to get it going. It seemed he couldn’t buy a basket from anywhere beyond the arc, but the effort and will to keep shooting is what Atlanta needs on a young team.
ATLANTA HAWKS VS SAN ANTONIO SPURS
In Atlanta’s second summer league game, they fell to the San Antonio Spurs 103-81. Again, John Collins was great for the Hawks in 23 minutes with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Omari Spellman (10 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and a block) showed he is NBA ready for the second time in as many games as well. Trae Young struggled again from the floor finishing with 12 points, 3 assists, and 1/5 shooting from 3. His shooting continued to struggle, but something that has gone very unnoticed is his playmaking.
The Hawks started off this game very cold from the floor, but had the guys around Young made their open shots, Young possibly could’ve had 8 to 10 assists this game. Young has excellent court vision and is able to pick out the open man. He also is able to draw the double team when he drives, and his high IQ helps him find the open man.
ATLANTA HAWKS VS UTAH JAZZ
The final game in the Utah Summer League for the Hawks came against the Utah Jazz where the Hawks fell just short 92-87. John Collins got the night off to rest for the upcoming Las Vegas Summer League. The standout players for Atlanta in this game were Omari Spellman (9 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block), Tyler Dorsey (17 points, 2 steals), and Jaylen Morris (14 points, 3/3 from 3). All three of these players stood out for Atlanta for all the right reasons, and showed why they belong on the 15-man roster.
Of course, the #5 pick in the draft will steal all the headlines especially when his name is Trae Young. Young finished with 10 points, 7 assists, 6 turnovers, and shot 1/8 from 3 point range. He also got into a scuffle with Grayson Allen, who is known among many to pick fights during games. Young continued to struggle shooting the ball….for the 3rd game in a row. Fans in Atlanta are starting to worry, but there isn’t much to worry about in my opinion. Yes he wasn’t able to control the ball as much with 6 turnovers, but the kid is 19 years old and he has a long way to go. It’s also great to see him keep wanting to shoot the ball because we all know that is what he does best. It’s only Summer League, a time where he can get his nerves out and get a feel for the NBA. He will find his shot come regular season, I’m sure.
Player Recap- Utah Summer League
John Collins– Collins averaged 14 points and 6.5 rebounds in his 2 Summer League games so far. He looks to be the building block for the Hawks along with Trae Young. He continues to be an exciting young big man for this team and a beautiful steal from the 2017 draft class.
Trae Young– Young averaged 12.6 points per game in his 3 Utah games shooting a whopping 3/24 from 3 point range. He did total 13 assists in those 3 games, showing he is going to be a great playmaker for the Hawks, but his shooting looks like it will need more confidence come game time.
Omari Spellman– Spellman was probably the most impressive Hawk in the Utah Summer League. He averaged 10 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks during his 3 summer league games. He also showed the ability to stretch the floor and shoot the 3 ball. He looks to have a very bright future in Atlanta, and definitely knows how to play the game with his winning mentality from Villanova.
Tyler Dorsey– Dorsey was the under-the-radar player on this Hawks team with all the hype around Collins and Young. He averaged 16.3 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 35% from 3 point range. He showed he worked really hard this offseason and that he has potential to start for this Hawks team. Dorsey was one of the most, if not the most consistent Hawk during Utah’s summer league.
Jaylen Adams/Antonius Cleveland– Both Adams and Cleveland are on non-guaranteed contracts for the Hawks, but are likely to have them picked up by Atlanta, meaning they will be on the Hawks roster. Both players have shown improvement during summer league and putting the ball in the basket efficiently. They are shooting well, making the right plays, and putting in work on defense as well. Overall, the coaches have seemed to be impressed with both players thus far.
The Hawks will start Las Vegas Summer League on July 7th against the New York Knicks on ESPN.
Ryan Andrews | @Ry_And1
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