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 Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

The one major hole in Bembry’s game is quite apparent even when watching an Atlanta Hawks telecast. Whether it be a mental block or bad luck, DeAndre’ Bembry has a very hard time finishing at the rim.

That is not to say that he blows high-profile chances frequently or that he rarely gets layup chances within the flow of the game. To the contrary, Bembry actually leads the Hawks in shot attempts at the rim relative to his position.

According to Cleaning the Glass, Bembry has attempted 51 percent of his shots at the rim, which is in the 96th percentile for wings. Bembry is able to carve out space nicely with his crafty, deliberate dribbling skills, and he is also a whirlwind in transition – easily cutting to the rim for wide-open looks. But those looks just don’t fall with regularity.

However, of those 51 percent of shots taken at the rim, Bembry is only connecting on those shots 49 percent of the time – a horrendous showing that lands him in the 14th percentile relative to his position. That number is only ahead of Jeremy Lin and Kevin Huerter among his Atlanta Hawks teammates, but those players have attempted almost 20 less shots at the rim than Bembry.