Atlanta Hawks: 3 takeaways from the second summer league action

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Atlanta Hawks summer league Game 2 takeaway No. 1) DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell would be a solid addition.

Prior to summer league starting, Akoon-Purcell was identified as one of the four players to watch during the Las Vegas summer league who could fill the final roster spot. The Hawks have since filled that spot but if Akoon-Purcell keeps playing the way he is, the front office may reconsider this decision.

It is not that Akoon-Purcell is putting up huge numbers, in fact, he is just putting up solid G-League numbers, but it is the way that he is playing that is eye-catching. Akoon-Purcell is showing great poise and leadership which is helping the young squad.

Akoon-Purcell is able to stop a run with a well-timed bucket, be it from behind the arc or driving into the teeth of the defense to create at the rim. This is not allowing the opposition to settle into a defensive rhythm against the former Denver Nugget.

However, it is his work at the other end of the court that is the most impressive. He is able to slot into the defense and is very hard to score against. Akoon-Purcell can switch on to most players on the court and not be overwhelmed. While there is a big step up from G-League to the NBA, Akoon-Purcell may be in the stage of his career where he can make the leap.