We’ve got some solid pieces to work with in Atlanta.
A rocky second-quarter pushed the Clippers out in front, but the Hawks fought back in the second half to keep the score close.
John Jenkins led all scorers with 24 points (11-23, 2-5 3P) and played with a “shooters shoot” mindset throughout the entire game. He started to heat up in the second half, but his lack of court awareness and a rushed shot that seemed to bug him in the first half damaged my opinion of his performance. As we know from Josh Smith, a 20-footer isn’t exactly “efficient”. Sure, he’s J-Lo and he can actually shoot it well, but why shoot that when you’re two quick steps away from a three-pointer?
Mike Scott – or “Astro” as I like to call him – played well in his limited action Friday. He only put in 12 minutes, which is shocking to me, but performed well, scoring 9 points on 4-4 shooting. He showed off his passing ability early on with some nice dishes to a cutting Jenkins; something to appreciate.
Dennis Schröder had an enormous impact on the game without having a solid shooting day. He had 7 assists – many of which on sweet passes – and only 2 turnovers (one of which he rushed a possession into a tight window). He quickly realized that he couldn’t use his quickness and dominate, as he had a couple of shots sent away in the lane (both from behind and a sliding defender). His speed is definitely an asset and we should all be excited to watch him grow. One things for certain, he has a great feel for the game.
Lucas Nogueria – I’m only going to use a few words to describe him, because this is all that’s necessary. Tall. Skinny. Defensively confused. Clearly athletic. Weight room. Keep working Bebe, you have the athleticism and height to become a special player. Oh, and the hair was excellent. 10 points, 5-8 shooting, 8 rebounds.
Mike Muscala showed off his mid-range jumper and his rebounding ability. I hope to see him get more touches on the block, but after today we are aware of his pick-and-pop ability. 11 points, 5-8 shooting, 6 rebounds.
As for the rest:
Shelvin Mack was solid, shooting 4-7 from the field and making his only three-pointer. He also dished out 6 assists and made a sweet buzzer-beater to end the first quarter.
Kyle Weems was energetic and his hustle was pleasurable to watch at times. 5 points, 2-5 shooting, 1-3 from deep, 6 rebounds, 20 minutes shooting.
Jared Cunningham was seemingly invisible. I’m less excited about him. 1 point, 0-4 shooting, 7 minutes of play.
John Millsap is Paul’s brother and that’s why he’s on the team. I know single-game +/- is a misleading statistic, but Millsap was -16. 2 points, 1-2 shooting, 13 minutes.
Ed Daniel. Who? The guy with the afro who tried to end the league with a sweet jam. He missed. 0 points. That’s all you need to know.
Boban Marjanovic is a Monstar. I’m convinced. He’s seven feet, three inches tall. Seven feet, three inches tall. He used his size to get some easy boards and passed the ball well over players’ heads and outstretched arms. He made life unfair for the Clippers. We’ll be watching this animal for the rest of Summer League.
As a whole, this Hawks SL team is skinny, tall, and, for the most part, fairly athletic. The big names (Dennis, Bebe, Muscala) have a lot of work to do as players, but they certainly have the tools to become solid players in the league.
Next game is versus the Miami Heat on Sunday at 10 PM Eastern.