Atlanta Hawks: 3 takeaways from the second summer league action

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Atlanta Hawks summer league Game 2 takeaway No. 2) Jalen Johnson going downhill is close to unstoppable.

When Jalen Johnson goes downhill towards the basket, there are not many players who are playing in the G-League who can stop him. For that matter, there are not many players in the NBA who could stop him.

His quickness and athleticism are impressive while his finishing is reminiscent of how hard the two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo finishes at the rim. The dunk that he threw down in transition was one of the fiercest seen since John Collins posterized Joel Embiid last season.

One of the goals that we wanted to see him accomplish this season was to play well in the half-court setting and if he continues to push hard towards the rim the way that he has done over the summer league, Trae Young will have another lob partner to cause havoc with.

Another goal was to not disappear on defense. While this is not Johnson going downhill, it needs to be noted that he has been an incredible defender in the first two summer league games. Johnson is switched on for every defensive possession and the Hawks are a much better team for it. While it is only summer league, the signs are there that Johnson is going to be very good.