On Friday, the Atlanta Hawks released their final summer league roster that will compete in Utah starting June 2nd and Las Vegas on June 6th. Hawks fans will get to see many players from last year’s team, plus rookies Trae Young and Omari Spellman.
Young will be the player to watch in the summer league after the Hawks traded Luka Doncic for him. Expectations are high for the rookie point guard, but Young will be the centerpiece of the summer league offense, which will allow him to shoot the ball a lot.
I’m very confident Trae Young will look great in Summer League. It fits him perfectly.
Just want to go ahead and get that on the record now.
— Brad Rowland (@BTRowland) June 27, 2018
Adams just received a two-way contract from the Hawks after going undrafted this season. Adams is a former A-10 player of the year and will be seeing a good amount of time in Erie next year (unless he gets cut before).
Cleveland signed with the Hawks late last year, but injuries allowed him to play in only 4 games. Cleveland has to perform well in Utah/Vegas to secure a roster spot, as the Hawks added 2 guards in the draft and might pick up another in free agency.
Dorsey got progressively better over the season, and by the end of the season, he became a key scorer off the bench. The summer league will be a great opportunity to make a first impression on the new coaching staff and produce in a bigger role.
Johnson is a non-roster invitee after it was revealed that Deandre Bembry will not play in summer league. Don’t expect Johnson to get much playing time in either summer league.
Jaylen Morris and Antonius Cleveland are in similar situations, as Morris also played in a few games last season before going down with injury. But, Morris made a solid first impression after a few good games, and he should get his fair share of playing time this summer.
Robinson is only 5’5″, but the Mount St. Mary’s star averaged 22 points a game last season. He was able to play at the college level, and we’ll see if he can continue to do so against bigger players. Robinson is certainly an underdog.
Collins can either be listed as a forward or center, but with Mike Muscala and DeWayne Dedmon opting into their player options, expect Collins to get looks at forward next year. Collins made the All-Rookie 2nd team this season and should put on a show in the summer league like he did last season.
Spellman, a 6’9″ forward, was the last 1st round pick of the Hawks. Spellman will get plenty of playing time, as the coaching staff will take a close look at what role Spellman will play next season (G-league, rotation, bench, etc.).
LeDay went undrafted out of Virginia Tech in the 2017 NBA Draft and played in Israel for the 2017-18 season. He averaged 17 PPG in his senior season at Virginia Tech, and should get a few looks this summer from NBA teams if he plays well.
Smith is a forward from Texas Tech, and after 2 seasons (Soph and Jr.) where he averaged double figures in points, he had a dissapointing senior season, only averaging 6.2 PPG for the Red Raiders. Smith suffered an injury this season which derailed his minutes and production. With a lot of bigs on the roster, Smith will have to earn his playing time.
The Hawks picked Kaba in the second round last season. He appeared in 5 summer league games last year, and after another year overseas, he looks to make a good first impression on new HC Lloyd Pierce.
The center from St. Mary’s is a non-roster invitee after averaging a double-double in his senior season. If Collins and Spellman play the 4, Landale has a chance to receive some playing time in Utah and Vegas.
Not on the Roster:
Isaiah Taylor: The Hawks are still deciding on what to do with Isaiah Taylor, but leaving the 23-year-old off their summer league roster suggests he won’t return in a Hawks uniform next season.
Deandre Bembry is not fully cleared yet from his wrist injury, so he will practice but not play.
19th overall selection Kevin Huerter will travel with the team but not play. Huerter is recovering from tendon damage in his hand.