Hawks Summer League Watch — vs. Kings

Graham Chapple —  July 14, 2016
Feature Image: Bart Young/NBAE/Getty Images

The Atlanta Hawks advanced to the round of 16 of the Las Vegas Summer League as they dispatched the Sacramento Kings 81-61. The win sets up a meeting with the Washington Wizards, a team the Hawks have already beaten in Las Vegas.

Thankfully this was a much more entertaining game than the Nets game was, with a 1000 less fouls called (although, to make up, there were 1000 more turnovers committed), and a number of players bounced back with strong performances after struggling against Brooklyn.

Taurean Prince recorded a game high 21 points on 5-of-11 shooting and 2-for-2 from behind the arc, while also cashing in on all nine of his free throw attempts. He also collected nine rebounds.

He looked great yesterday, looked really confident when it came to shooting the ball, and was easily the best player on the court. He was super fun to watch yesterday.

DeAndre’ Bembry also had a good bounce back game — 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including this tasty dunk all over Willie Cauley-Stein.

Eat up, DeAndre’…

Sadly, however, there was no Lamar Patterson to be seen, waived on Tuesday by the Hawks… Personally, I’m very disappointed with this decision, but that’s a whole other topic for another day…

One man who I had been hoping who would step his game up was Edy Tavares, and he certainly stepped up yesterday — 14 points, nine rebounds (five of which were offensive), three steals, and a joint game high plus/minus rating of plus-27 (Taurean Prince also registered a plus-27).

What was really encouraging to see was Edy being much more effective around the rim.

Off of his own miss, Edy collects the rebound and does a great job sorting his feet out, making sure he doesn’t lift that pivot foot, and tucks away the second chance opportunity.

Here, he shows good hands to gather the pass, navigates the traffic underneath the rim, and tucks it home.

(Really nice job by Edy sorting out his feet and not committing a travel here)

After he snatches the offensive rebound, Edy, again, does a great job sorting his feet out, and then finishes the play in amongst all of the traffic, plus the foul.

After Prince’s pass bounces off the leg of a Kings defender, Edy does a terrific job collecting the ball right around his feet, and then does a great job collecting himself before smashing it home.

For a 7’3 big, that’s seriously hard to do: to collect a fumbling ball so near the ground… Really good hands shown by Edy on this possession and throughout the whole game. It was great seeing an effective Edy (nickname material? Effective Edy?) near the basket.

But Edy was not only able to display his hands on the offensive end, but the defensive end too. On two occasions, Tavares really showed up the 13th overall pick, Georgios Papagiannis, by just picking his pocket.

Here, Edy uses his length, gets down low, and just knocks the ball away from Papagiannis.

And here, he just slaps the ball out of his hands as if it were nothing. I mean, just listen to it.

*Slap*

Prince does well to come up with the loose ball, finds his running mate Edy, who catches, gathers, and finishes at the rim.

It was great to see Edy make a really solid contribution to this game, especially since we didn’t get to see much of him in the last game after he had to have his bottom lip stitched.

The Hawks face up against the Wizards again, in the second round of the tournament phase. Hopefully Edy and the Hawks can follow up their strong performance against Kings with another one against the Wizards later today.

Graham Chapple

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