Atlanta Hawks Should Replace Jaylen Adams on the Roster

Jaylen Adams #10 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Jaylen Adams #10 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

A quick rumination on the role – or lack thereof – Jaylen Adams will play on the Atlanta Hawks next season.

NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League is in full swing, and the Atlanta Hawks currently sit with a record of 1-2 after three games. Through their prospects of winning the tournament are dwindling, the team did see enough out of Omari Spellman to trade him away to the Golden State Warriors for a future second round pick.

Beyond that, two of the team’s 2019 NBA Draft picks (De’Andre Hunter and Bruno Fernando) have played as well as Two-Way contract Charlie Brown out of Saint Joseph’s.

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However, one player has seen a lot of action, but has not particularly impressed – especially considering he’s already played one season in the NBA, which should lead to more success in Summer League. Of course, the player being referred to here is Jaylen Adams.

The former St. Bonaventure Bonnie started out his career last season with the Hawks on a two-way contract, but the waiver of Jeremy Lin necessitated a backup point guard to spell Trae Young’s ball-dominance. Enter Adams.

Adams played in 34 games for the Hawks, the majority of which were in the second half of the season. He did not particularly cover himself in glory, though he was only given a tiny role in which he played 12.6 minutes per game, putting up 3.2 points per game with 1.9 assists per game and 1.8 rebounds per game per Basketball Reference.

During Summer League, Adams has sometimes looked a little bewildered on the court, which is a concerning sign considering his NBA tenure last season. With Evan Turner on the roster as the team’s entrenched veteran backup point guard and Atlanta Hawks Coach Lloyd Pierce stating that #10 overall pick Cam Reddish will get some opportunities at backup point guard, it seems that Adams’s days on the team are numbered.

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Stay tuned for plenty more Atlanta Hawks news and updates as Summer League progresses.