Atlanta Hawks: DeAndre’ Bembry’s Bounce-back Season Off to Good Start

Deandre' Bembry #95 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Deandre' Bembry #95 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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DeAndre’ Bembry #95 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

One of the most notable areas of improvement for Bembry has been his confidence in his long-distance jumper as well as a notable increase in confidence in his outside shot.

Last season, Bembry shot 36.7 percent from deep – about league average – but it was only on a total of 30 attempts.

Though he has cooled off recently, Bembry started the year quite hot from distance, which has already led to career-highs in triples made (13) and attempted (39).

If you’re going to be an effective wing in today’s NBA, you at least have to be willing to take three-pointers, and the growth that Bembry has displayed this season stems from the fact that he is not hesitating or pump-faking a triple then driving into traffic.

If Bembry is open, he will not hesitate to hoist up a three – even with a defender lurking nearby, but don’t worry, he never forces them.

That willingness to shoot from deep is born out in his three-point attempt rate of 31.2 percent. While that’s bottom-third among Atlanta Hawks players, it still stands as a vast improvement over his previous numbers, as well as a career-high by more than 8 percent.

The shot looks quite good too, even if it is only going in at a 33 percent clip. With more reps and more attempts, that should improve.