What Atlanta Hawks training camp has revealed about Tyrese Martin’s role

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The Atlanta Hawks started their training camp earlier than most as they are about to create history when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks in Abu Dhabi. As a result, we have seen a number of days where the Hawks have been working out.

The Hawks have had some of their new players working out, honing the skills that they are going to need to help the team throughout the season. One of these players is rookie Tyrese Martin who signed a two-year deal after impressing the Hawks during the Las Vegas Summer League.

So, after he was able to impress the coaching staff and the front office with the ball in his hand, he is now being assessed as to how he can play another role. Unlike in Summer League, the ball is not going to be in Martin’s hand much when the season proper starts.

The Atlanta Hawks are trying Tyrese Martin out in a different role.

The Hawks don’t need Martin to be a creator. They have Trae Young and Dejounte Murray as primary playmakers with Trent Forrest, Aaron Holiday, and Bogdan Bogdanovic as players who can create but will be used in a secondary role.

Instead, the Hawks are focussing on the role which Martin will play if he is up with the varsity squad and getting playing time. Kevin Chouinard of Hawks.com reported that this role is more focused on catch-and-shoots 3’s as well as rebounding and defense.

This shows the philosophy of head coach Nate McMillan who gives his young charges their roles and responsibilities that are going to help the team. When they have mastered their assigned roles, the coach will then give them a greater level of responsibility.

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We will see Martin on the court more in the preseason than we will in the regular season. He will spend most of his time in the G League, developing his game to hopefully help the Hawks in future seasons.