The Atlanta Hawks will be sending John Jenkins, Mike Scott and Shelvin Mack to participate in this year’s NBA Summer League Tournament held in Las Vegas, according to Chris Vivlamore of the AJC.
The tournament, which will be held on the UNLV campus, is set to commence July 12 and last ten days. Each team plays five games in four days before being seeded into a single-elimination tournament with the winner decided in a championship game on Monday, July 22.
This is the first year a tournament-style format will be used for the summer league.
This will be an especially important period for the Hawks to evaluate three of their top young prospects, as they will likely be relied on more heavily in the wake of free agent departures this offseason. The three played quality basketball throughout the year and showed very promising progression toward the end of the season. After the Hawks clinched a playoff birth, they gave their young players heavy minutes in a chance to prove their worth. In the least five games of the season Scott averaged 18.5 points and 10 rebounds, Jenkins averaged 15 points and 3 assists, and Mack averaged 10.5 points and 4 assists per game.
None of these players are over 24 years old, so this tournament will be very telling of the strides the players will make next season in their respective developments.
Joining Jenkins, Scott and Mack will be Atlanta’s four draft picks in this season’s draft, assuming they choose to hold onto all four. As it stands, the Hawks hold both the 17 and 18 picks in the first round, as well 47 and 50 in the second round. It is hard to expect much from this extremely young Hawks group in the tournament as it will be hard to compete with teams with more experienced players or those boasting top-5 picks in the upcoming draft.
The Hawks did not feature a player chosen to the 13-man all-summer league team last season.
More important than winning is the development of the Hawks young talent and scouting the roles certain players are comfortable playing. If the Hawks are to contend in this tournament they will need someone to step up and assume the role of leader. It will be interesting to see if this turns out to be Jenkins, as he showed flashes of brilliance last season that were often shadowed by his inconsistencies.