What is next for the Atlanta Hawks at Summer League?

Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports /

The Atlanta Hawks have finished their group phase of Summer League with a 2-2 record. During the first two games, it appeared as though they would go 0-4 such was the level of their play. Then Tyrese Martin showed why he was drafted by the Hawks with a tremendous third period against the Miami Heat which propelled them to a victory.

Then Tyson Etienne balled out in the second half of the San Antonio Spurs game and as a result, they have offered him an Exhibit 10 deal. This basically means that he will be attending training camp, giving himself a chance to impress the Hawks enough to sign him to a further deal.

However, the next step for the team is a Summer League matchup. They are taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers on July 16th at 3 PM which is another chance for the young players to impress, hopefully winning that game.

The Atlanta Hawks want to do everything they can in Summer League.

The Hawks are yet to be able to debut their first-round pick, AJ Griffin. He has been out for the entire Summer League with a day-to-day injury to his foot. For him to get at least one Summer League game in would be amazing for both the player and the team.

According to head coach Nate McMillan, Griffin is a gym rat who is going to help the team immensely when he comes back. If the Hawks are able to see him during Summer League action then they will have some gameplay to review and work with him during camp.

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So far without Griffin, the Hawks have had different players shine which helps them be able to see how they have the opportunity to impact the team. The longer they keep alive in the tournament the longer they can continue to assess their current squad, hopefully producing a diamond in the rough to be an ex-factor for next season.