Atlanta Hawks guard John Jenkins had his sophomore season derailed by a back injury that eventually led to surgery. It was a long road back from injury but Jenkins now appears to be healthy heading into camp.
"I feel really really good," said Jenkins when asked how he was feeling. "Best I have ever felt in my life."
Pretty big statement for a guy who really was never healthy for any stretch during the 2014 season. Jenkins had to shut down his summer workouts after the back injury flared up shortly after summer league in 2013. He came to camp but was again slowed. He tried various forms of rehab but eventually opted for surgery.
When he was able to get on the court last season, it was a struggle. Jenkins played in 61 games as a rookie and shot 45 percent from the field. He only managed to get in 13 games last season and saw his shooting percentage tumble to just 38 percent.
Now that he is healthy, Jenkins is focused on competing for minutes in what could be a crowded backcourt this season for Atlanta. "I think you have to battle for minutes every season," said Jenkins. Nothing is guaranteed in this league."
Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver are entrenched as the team's starters at guard. Shelvin Mack and Dennis Schröder will back up Teague while Thabo Sefolosha, Bazemore and Jenkins appear slotted behind Korver. Its a versatile group and Sefolosha could see a lot of time at the small forward but there will be an ongoing competition for minutes during camp and throughout the season.