The Hawks’ summer league team bounced back last night with an 83-60 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Jeff Teague bounced back from a poor outing against the summer league Spurs and had a good game, posting 13 points and 5 assists while turning the ball over just 3 times. Jeff has been unstoppable when he attacks the lane this summer. That’s his game. When he starts deferring to other players on the court is when his game falls apart. The Hawks coaches are definitely testing him this summer. They want him to take control and demand the basketball.
Conner still wants to see Teague be more aggressive: “He ran the team pretty well. He made some good decisions. We are still looking for him to demand the ball more. Sometimes he can drift up and let someone else handle it and then we are all out of kilter.”
The Hawks also replaced Randolph Morris in the line up with Richard Hendrix.
Hendrix is looking like a vet camp invite to me. He’s tough to handle in the post. But he’s not a good leaper and doesn’t use his body as well as he could to clear out space for rebounds. Hendrix has just eight total rebounds in 59 minutes. “He’s got some skills down there on the block but he tries to rebound with one arm,” Conner said. “He wasn’t coming up with enough rebounds. But overall he’s a big body and you need guys like that in this league.”
I agree. Richard is a big body that has done very well so far in the summer league. He hasn’t been strong on the boards, but he has a big body and has shown that he knows how to throw it around on the court. He’s averaging 11.3 PPG, 4.0 RPG, and 1.0 BPG while shooting 71% from the floor and playing only around 19 MPG. He’s been very efficient, and I hope the Hawks decide to bring the former Alabama star to camp.
Jordan Crawford had his first bad game from a scoring standpoint, but even when his shot isn’t falling, he has shown that he has very good basketball instincts.
It was a good sign that even with his troubles scoring Crawford kept attacking. He’s a relentless rookie. “He’s raw but he seems to get it done,” Conner said. “It’s going to be fun to watch Jamal Crawford and Jordan Crawford at the same time out there because they have similar attack modes.”
It’s good to see a rookie that will attack. I think the Hawks have gotten themselves a heck of a basketball player here. I do wonder how the Hawks coaching staff will integrate him into the game once the regular season gets here. It’s going to be tough to get him minutes behind Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford, but after reading Lester Conner’s quote, it sounds like they are thinking about having both Crawfords on the floor at the same time when that time comes. One thing is for sure. I don’t think Larry Drew will hesitate to put Jordan on the floor, whereas Mike Woodson would have been content with sporadically playing him.
In other news, there were no new rumors about free agents to debunk today. It does appear that the Hawks are looking for minimum salary guys to fill out the rest of the roster. Your guess is as good as mine as to who the Hawks will be able to get for the minimum salary. They have to fill three roster spots, and personally, I think that if you aren’t going to spend the MLE and the LLE to bring in veteran guys, then fill those roster spots with young guys that have the potential to develop. Bring Richard Hendrix in along with some other free agents.