2018-19 Hawks Player Preview: DeAndre’ Bembry

Deandre Bembry (ESPN)

The 6’6 speed demon DeAndre Bembry is coming into his 3rd season with the Hawks with a lot to prove. His first year was plagued by low minutes and his second year was plagued by injury so this is a big year for him. DeAndre might be too small to play forward and can’t shoot well enough to play guard so unless he shows something this year, the NBA might not be for him.

Bembry was drafted 21st overall in 2016 to the Atlanta Hawks. He was mainly known for his defense and speed. The Hawks expected his offense game to grow as he matures but it hasn’t quite paid off. His first year the Hawks struggled on where to play him and his second year he was too injured to even see the floor. His defense is good enough to play some guard and forward but his offense makes him a hinderance. Having Bembry on the floor has hurt the Hawks offense because you don’t have to guard his jumpshot. He shot 0% from three his rookie year and 36% his second year. Bembry is also a horrific free throw shooter shooting 51% career. It’s up to Bembry and his improvement if he wants a place on this team.
Bembry said that his confidence is high and he’s prepping for a big year. He’s been in the gym relentlessly working on his jumpshot. This preseason he has looked healthier and looks to be one of the fastest Atlanta Hawks. On October 1 against New Orleans he had a career high 20pts. Bembry always says if you give him the minutes he can produce,so it’s up to Coach Pierce on how he will use Bembry and if he sees him a part of our future
Evan Nix

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