Atlanta Hawks G League affiliate continues to build for season

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The Atlanta Hawks G League affiliate the College Park Skyhawks has solidified their NBA-level talent base by adding a rookie from last season Brandon Williams. The 6’2″ guard played NBA minutes with the Portland Trail Blazers last season.

The Skyhawks traded the returning player rights for DaQuan Jeffries to the Westchester Knicks to receive Williams and a first-round pick in the 2023 G League draft. This means that the Skyhawks have added two first-round picks over the next two drafts.

Still, this team is starting to develop into a solid unit based on the talent level that they have accrued. What they are building is something that has the potential to be at the top of the G League in the coming season, particularly if they manage to retain Armoni Brooks who the Hawks signed to a training camp deal.

Atlanta Hawks affiliate needs to sign some more big men.

With the exception of Giorgi Bezhanishvili and Chris Silva, the College Park Skyhawks do not have any big men on their roster. They traded away the returning rights for Justin Tillman in order to secure the returning rights to Silva in a trade that hopefully benefits the Hawks this season as well.

Hopefully, the Skyhawks were able to find a big man in their open tryouts which unearthed Tillman last season. However, if not, they will need to start scouring the lists of undrafted players, G League talent from last season, and the waived players from training camp deals across the entire league.

Still, back to Brandon Williams who spent a portion of last season playing in the G League for the Knicks. He averaged 22.6 points, 6.4 assists, and 4.1 rebounds in 33.1 minutes per game. These are really good numbers to plug into the Skyhawks system.

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The Skyhawks still need to go through the drafting process which is later this month. They are looking to be at the top of the G League standings from the start of the season which is something that they could not do last season. If they can do this then they should be able to secure a higher playoff seeding.