The 2014 season was a complete wash for Atlanta Hawks' guard John Jenkins who battled a persistent back injury and eventually led to season-ending surgery. At no point last season did Jenkins look healthy and the situation didn't appear to be improved when he attempted to suit up at the Las Vegas Summer League. However, according to head coach Mike Budenholzer, Jenkins had a great September and has returned to the court and shown no limitations.
"John has had a great September. He's been playing in open gym with no limitations and playing well. I think feeling well. It's been great for him to have that feeling back again. I think he is excited about camp. We're excited about having him healthy and watching him compete."
Jenkins had a solid rookie season in 2013 averaging 6.1 points while making 38 percent of his three-point attempts. He will face a bit of an uphill battle as he tries to compete for minutes in what is a crowded backcourt. Kyle Korver is entrenched as the team's starter and the Hawks added Kent Bazemore and Thabo Sefolosha to the mix in free agency.
Still if healthy, Jenkins possesses the long range shooting that the Hawks covet and looks like a good fit for Budenholzer's spread the floor offense. Atlanta's roster appears set heading to training camp but that doesn't mean there won't be any competition.