The Hawks will play in the Las Vegas Summer League. Here’s what you need to know:
Orlando Summer League: July 1-5, 6th “Championship Day”
Utah Summer League: July 3, 5-6
Las Vegas Summer League: July 7-11, playoffs July 12-17
Orlando Summer League: Amway Center practice court
Utah Summer League: Jon M. Huntsman Center
Las Vegas Summer League: Thomas & Mack Center, Cox Pavilion
How to Watch:
All games will be broadcasted live on NBATV or on the ESPN networks. The Utah and Las Vegas Summer League’s are open to the public, while the Orlando league will not be.
And now for the team’s preview:
All expected players as of July 5th
Players expected to compete: Taurean Prince, De’Andre Bembry, Isaia Cordinier, John Collins, Tyler Dorsey, Alpha Kaba, Josh Magette, Bryce Cotton, Trent Lockett, Duje Dukan, Quincy Ford, Richard Solomon, Nate Britt, and Rosco Allen.
With Atlanta seemingly entering a rebuild as guys like Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard already on the way out and players like Thabo Sefelosha and Kent Bazemore likely on the way out, Las Vegas could be an opportunity for some young players to make some moves. Taurean Prince and De’Andre Bembry will be fighting for playing time in a wide open forward rotation. Second round picks Isaia Cordinier, Tyler Dorsey, and Alpha Kaba will be playing for their future with the franchise.
First rounder John Collins will receive his first NBA action in Vegas. Collins seems to be the heir apparent for Millsap. Their skillsets are very different as Collins uses his elite athleticism to his advantage and he is an efficient scorer around the rim.
The Hawks will for sure be fun to watch in July, as the team has some interesting talents. Former undrafted free agents Bryce Cotton and Duje Dukan have received time sparingly in the NBA, and former Tar Heel Nate Britt was an NCAA Champion but didn’t receive ample playing time.
Player to Watch: Josh Magette
Magette has reportedly signed a contract with Atlanta.
Magette was Atlanta’s final roster cut last year after having a good training camp. Instead of playing in the NBA, Magette played his third season for the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the Development League. Magette broke through, leading the league in assists by almost 3 per game, averaging 10.7.
Despite his great playmaking skills, Magette averaged nearly 16 points per game and is a career 35% shooter from three. Magette has been given an opportunity with the Hawks, and our first chance to see if he can capitalize will be in Vegas.