Former St. Joseph's swingman DeAndre Bembry has been a popular name associated with the Atlanta Hawks in advance of the 2016 NBA Draft. On Tuesday, Bembry surfaced once again as a potential fit with the 21st pick, and it was Sam Vecenie of CBS Sports bringing word of the potential parnership.
Here is what Vecenie said about the fit:
The Hawks seem likely to lose Kent Bazemore in free agency if they hold out to keep Al Horford, meaning there will be a bit of a hole on the wing. Bembry is a smart, smooth wing who can do it all on the floor outside of shoot, and the Hawks will have the ability to surround him with Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap, and even Tim Hardaway Jr. to counteract that. Bembry would be a really nice fit here, especially given that he could be able to play relatively early.
Though Bembry does not present the type of astronomical upside of some prospects in this class, he is one of the "safer" options in Atlanta's range. One of the downsides to his prospect status is the fact that Bembry will turn 22 in July, but for a team that has prioritized young veterans (i.e. Tim Hardaway) ahead of potential mid-first round rookies in the past, that safety could be appealing.
Perhaps the biggest positive in Bembry's corner, though, is versatility. He stands at 6-foot-6, but Bembry has a wingspan north of 6-foot-9 and he has been praised for his defensive instincts throughout the process. If the Hawks could simply work their jump-shooting magic with Bembry, he profiles as a potential starter down the line if everything goes according to plan.
Look for many, many words about Bembry and the Hawks as a potential marriage over the next month.