What does Jared Cunningham bring to the Atlanta Hawks?

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Jared Cunningham was a throw in for the Atlanta Hawks in their draft day trade with the Dallas Mavericks but who is he and what does he bring to the table?

Jared Cunningham was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on draft night in the deal that brought the draft rights to Lucas Nogueira and Mike Muscala to the Atlanta Hawks. Cunningham was a 2012 first round pick as a 6-4 shooting guard out of Oregon State. He played sparingly with the Mavericks last season and spent some time in the D-League before shutting it down in March because of tendonitis in his right knee.

2013 Dallas Mavericks

Cunningham struggled to get on the floor for the Mavericks and totaled just 26 minutes in eight games during his rookie season. He ended up averaging 2.0 points while going 6-14 from the field and 2-3 from three-point range.

2013 Texas Legends

Cunningham played 15 games in the D-League for the Mavericks affiliate averaging 15.3 points per contest. He however did not shoot the ball well making 34 percent of his field goal attempts while watching his three point shooting drop all the way to 26 percent.

2012 Draft

Cunningham left Oregon State after his junior season after he earned All-Pac 12 first team honors. He averaged 17.9 points as a junior and shot well enough making 45 percent of his field goals attempts. DraftExpress categorized him with strong athleticism and a quick first step that helped him overcome his lack of size. If he was struggling with a knee injury then that could help explain some of his struggles in the D-League last season. He was selected with the 24th pick in the 2012 Draft and was then traded to the Mavericks in a draft day deal.

The fact that Cunningham is a shooting guard and the Hawks already have John Jenkins and Lou Williams on the roster don't bode well for his chances longterm. He has a guaranteed $1.2 million contract for next season and two team options beyond that. At this point he seems like a good bet to go to summer league but is also a candidate to be released at some point if the Hawks feel they don't have room for him. Best case scenario for him is he hangs around long enough and impresses the Hawks or someone else.

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