Atlanta Hawks first-round pick John Jenkins, right, and second-round pick Mike Scott, left, look on during NBA basketball practice, Tuesday, July 10, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman

Atlanta Hawks Send Rookies to D-League

According to an official news release by the Atlanta Hawks organization, President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Danny Ferry announced yesterday that rookies John Jenkins and Mike Scott have been assigned to the team’s NBA Developmental League affiliate, Bakersfield Jam.

This move actually makes a lot of sense because neither rookie was getting much playing time in the pros, so rather than just let them sit there on the bench and rot, send them down to the D-League where they will see ample playing time and be able to polish their skills.

“We have a good window in our Hawks schedule. This assignment is a nice opportunity to allow both John and Mike to gain valuable experience with the Jam,” said Atlanta Hawks President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Danny Ferry.

Jenkins appeared in four games for the Hawks this season, one of which he only clocked a single minute of game action. His numbers illustrate his lack of playing time as the 6’4” sharp-shooter from Vanderbilt University is averaging 1.5 points and 1.0 rebounds per game, while posting a player efficiency rating (PER) of 11.90.

His most productive game, really his only productive game, was in a garbage time loss against the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 11, when he scored all six of his season points in the last four minutes of a 89-76 defeat.

Scott’s numbers are almost too shameful to mention: 0.4 ppg & 0.8 rbg, with a PER of -13.97, throughout five games.

The Hawks selected Jenkins 23rd overall in the first round of the June 2012 NBA Draft and picked up Scott in the second round with the No. 43 overall selection.

“I had a chance to work with John and Mike during Summer League,” said [Jam] Head Coach Will Voigt. “They are great guys that want to work to get better and we are looking forward to helping them with their development.”

Both players will be in uniform for the Jam’s next game as they host the Santa Cruz Warriors in Bakersfield tomorrow night, Dec. 3, at 7:00 PM (ET).

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