While the roster is still taking shape, the Atlanta Hawks summer league entry in Las Vegas figures to look much different this season. Atlanta traded out of the first round of the 2015 draft and neither of their late second round players are expected to participate in summer league this season.
Reports also indicate that 2014 second-round pick Walter Tavares will forego summer league this season and is weighing his options for a long term deal in Europe. That means that the Hawks are likely to field a summer league team primarily comprised of free agents.
Here is a closer look at the players who have reportedly agreed to play with Atlanta in Las Vegas. Keep in mind that no official roster has been released and summer league commitments sometimes change.
Lamar Patterson - Tofas SC
Patterson was drafted in the second round of the 2014 Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks and then traded to the Hawks. He played with Atlanta's 2014 summer league team averaging six points on 34 percent shooting. Atlanta elected not to sign Patterson and he headed overseas where he signed with Tofas SC of the Turkish League.
Patterson put up good numbers in the Turkish averaging 11.3 points on 43 percent shooting including 34 percent from three-point range. Patterson is already in Atlanta working out with Hawks coaches and getting ready for summer league.
DeAndre Kane - Port of Antwerp Giants
Kane is a 6-4 shooting guard who played at Marshall before transferring to Iowa State for his final season in 2014. He went undrafted in 2014 and went to summer league with the Los Angeles Lakers where he averaged 5.6 points on 44 percent shooting.
From there he headed overseas where he eventually landed with the Port of Antwerp Giants of the Belgian League. There he averaged 12.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 44 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range.
Mike Moser - Lietuvos Rytas
Moser is a 6-8 forward whose college career began at UCLA and then UNLV before finishing up at Oregon in 2014. He put together a great senior season, but went undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft. Moser participated in the Orlando Summer League with the Boston Celtics and again put up a good showing averaging 13.6 points on 46 percent shooting including 42 percent from beyond-the-arc.
However, he went unsigned and headed overseas where agreed to a deal with Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius of the Lithuanian League. Moser appeared in 65 games including Eurocup competition and averaged 5.3 points in 13.7 minutes of action.
Brandon Ashley - Arizona
Ashley is a 6-9 power forward out of Arizona. He elected to turn pro after his junior season and went undrafted in the 2015 Draft. He averaged 12.2 points and 5.2 rebounds for a very good Wildcats team. He came out of high school highly touted, but struggled somewhat to live up to that billing. He shot 51 percent from the floor during his junior season with a solid face up game and jump shot. He will head to summer league trying to prove that he is a capable stretch four prospect.
Here is a video from DraftExpress with Ashley talking about his draft preparation.
Terran Petteway - Nebraska
Petteway is a 6-6 wing who transferred from Texas Tech as a freshman and finished his career at Nebraska. He developed into a scorer with the Cornhuskers averaging 18.1 points per game this season but shot just 39 percent from the field and 31 percent from three-point range. Part of that inefficiency was due to the heavy workload that Petteway carried for Nebraska. He's a competitor who won't shy away from the big moments. He will need to prove that he can fit into a system at the next level where he will have better teammates and won't be asked to carry the load.
Here is a DraftExpress video with Petteway discussing how he prepared for the 2015 NBA Draft:
More names will be added to this list in the coming days. It is possible that a player like Mike Muscala could also be a part of the summer league team. Dennis Schroder is another possibility, but he is scheduled to play with Germany at the EuroBasket tournament in early September. Schroder's emergence in his second season doesn't leave him with a lot to prove at summer league. Still it wouldn't be terribly shocking to see him be part of the squad.