The Atlanta Hawks have made it a habit to search out wing players that were capable of filling out the box score. DeMarre Carroll and Kent Bazemore are two examples of such and both turned their time in Atlanta into big paydays.
2016 first round pick DeAndre Bembry came to Atlanta with a similar billing and he put his complete game on display in Atlanta’s summer league opening 83-78 win over the Houston Rockets.
Bembry did a bit of everything finishing with 14 points, six rebounds and four assists. He went 4-for-9 from the field and was 5-for-7 from the free throw line. Stats aside, he showed poise and a nice court awareness whether initiating the team’s offense or playing in off the ball situations.
"I think his effort was great from start to finish,” Hawks summer league head coach Taylor Jenkins said following the game. “A lot of things he can obviously clean up, but just the energy that he brings, athleticism... Continue to challenge him defensively, I thought he did a much better job in the second and scoring a lot of different ways, too."
Bembry scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half and helped tighten the screws defensively holding the Rockets to just 34 percent shooting after the intermission.
"It was fun.... I felt pretty good out there,” Bembry said of his first experience as a professional. “I got some of my teammates involved. Made a couple jump shots. Got a couple slashes in there."
"I knew it was a lot more space and opportunity for me to make plays and I felt like that's what I did today."
Bembry and the Hawks will enjoy an off day on Saturday before taking on the Washington Wizards on Sunday.