Atlanta Hawks: Will Cam Reddish Be Ready for Training Camp?

Cam Reddish of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Cam Reddish of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

A quick look at whether or not Atlanta Hawks rookie Cam Reddish will be ready for training camp ahead of the 2019-20 regular season.

With the Atlanta Hawks slated to begin preseason games in roughly a month, there is one notable player that remains a mystery after not being able to participate in Summer League due to offseason surgery.

Cam Reddish, the former Duke Blue Devil, had offseason surgery to help alleviate a groin injury he suffered during the NCAA season, but there have apparently been setbacks in Reddish’s recovery per Chris Kirschner of The Athletic.

Per Kirschner’s piece, Reddish is “getting closer” to returning, though his recovery has lasted double what the expected timetable is so far for his offseason surgery.

Reddish was made a priority by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2019 NBA Draft along with his fellow top 10 pick De’Andre Hunter. Reddish was drafted with the #10 overall pick in the draft, and the Hawks – and its General Manager Travis Schlenk – utterly telegraphed their preference for Reddish, much like they did in 2018 when they were linked to Trae Young for much of the pre-draft process.

Similarly in 2018, Kevin Huerter was unable to play in Summer League, making him something of a man of mystery ahead of 2018-19. Obviously, Huerter played terrifically in the regular season and was named to the All-Rookie Second Team at season’s end.

Could Reddish provide similar punch for the Atlanta Hawks in his rookie year? Certainly, Reddish has a huge amount of talent, and his peers seem to believe that his career will be the best out of any rookie in the 2019 draft class.

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Who knows if that prognostication will prove true, but for now, let’s wish Reddish a speedy recovery so he can be fully healthy when the Atlanta Hawks season begins in October.