Atlanta Hawks: 3 final takeaways from an encouraging Summer League

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Atlanta Hawks final Summer League takeaway No. 2: The depth of this roster is among the best

Another theme of the past year has been how incredible of a turnaround the Hawks made during the season. To go from their hot start to six games under .500 only to rally all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals is a testament to the foundation they’ve been build since Travis Schlenk took over.

As such, we need to point out how great of a turnaround it is to know that even the best performers (outside of the Cooper, Mays, and Johnson) had any chance of latching on.

Akoon-Purcell, being the first to come to mind, would be a tremendous end-of-bench addition. He just keeps working and makes a play more often than not.

We said he’d been one of the Hawks most consistent performers but, after the finale, it’s a designation that’s all his.

Admiral Schofield was one we were less than impressed with. But he apparently did enough to get some others in the media to take note of him. If that turns into another NBA opportunity for the 24-year-old, great. We really did have high hopes (perhaps too high) for him before the Vegas extravaganza began.

Then on Monday, Javin DeLaurier decided he wasn’t going to go quietly either and went off for 18 points, seven boards, three blocks, a steal, and two assists. His might have been too little too late anyway, but it just goes to show the quality of talent that Schlenk has been able to identify.

If Johnny Hamilton, signed from overseas with Onyeka Okongwu shelved until January or February, shows anything then it will just be another feather in Schlenk’s cap.