The Atlanta Hawks have officially announced the team’s Las Vegas Summer League roster ahead of the team’s first game on Saturday, July 6.
Per the Atlanta Hawks official Twitter feed, the team has a variety of interesting young college players on its roster:
Despite previous reports to the contrary, Phil Cofer of Florida State will not be among the players on the team’s Summer League roster, but that’s alright, as the team will likely be able to include #4 overall pick De’Andre Hunter and #34 overall pick Bruno Fernando in the proceedings. One notable absentee from Summer League is Cam Reddish, who continues to recover from offseason surgery.
Currently, the Atlanta Hawks can’t officially state that Hunter and Fernando will play for the team because the deal sending Anthony Davis to the Lakers hasn’t been officially completed – a deal that was a precursor to the Hawks’ trading for both players on draft night.
However, once that deal gets completed, it seems reasonable to expect that Hunter and Fernando will be able to play for the Hawks as early as the team’s first game on July 6. Of course, if there’s a delay, the two players’ first appearance as Hawks might occur on July 7 against the Wolves – where Hunter can face off against his NCAA Championship game foe Jarrett Culver on the court.
Beyond that, Omari Spellman and Jaylen Adams highlight the returnees from last year’s Summer League squad. Spellman, in particular, should garner keen interest from Hawks fans to see if Spellman outplays the competition to a similar degree that John Collins did last year.
Spellman struggled with injuries and conditioning concerns last year, so let’s hope he returns rejuvenated this season.
The Atlanta Hawks full Las Vegas Summer League schedule is below per the team:
Saturday, Jul. 6 – vs. Bucks (5:00 pm ET, NBA TV)
Sunday, Jul. 7 – vs. Wolves (5:30 pm ET, ESPN2)
Tuesday, Jul. 9 – vs. Pacers (5:30 pm ET, NBA TV)
Thursday, Jul. 11 – vs. Wizards (6:30 pm ET, ESPN2)
Tournament/Consolation — Jul. 12 through Jul. 15
Stay tuned for plenty more Summer League coverage to scratch that itch of live NBA basketball until the preseason begins in October (which is only 3 months away).